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Kálfr Hallsson (Kálf)

14th century; volume 7; ed. Kirsten Wolf;

Kátrínardrápa (Kátr) - 51

The name of the poet of Kátrínardrápa can be deduced from sts 1, 49 and 51 as Kálfr Hallsson (Kálfr would have been Kálfur in C14th). In st. 1/8 he describes himself as ‘the son of Hallur’ (arfi Halls) and at the end of the poem gives his name in both Icelandic (Kálfr [= ‘calf’] 49/1) and Lat. (Vitulus [= Kálfur] 51/3) and says he is now a monk (frater, st. 51/4). The implication of sts 45-51 is that Kálfr had previously led a sinful secular life, but this may be stereotypical self-deprecation. The Lat. phrase Vítulus vátes ‘the poet Kálfr’ by which the poet refers to himself in st. 51/3-4 also appears in Völsungs rímur hins óborna and this has led some scholars to propose that Kálfr Hallsson was the author of both poems (see Note to st. 51). Nothing is known of Kálfr’s monastic affiliation nor his precise dates, though the mid-C14th seems a likely floruit (Vésteinn Ólason 1993, 316).

Kátrínardrápa (‘Drápa about S. Catherine’) — Kálf KátrVII

Kirsten Wolf 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 931-64.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45   46   47   48   49   50   51 

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa (AII, 516-26, BII, 569-82)

SkP info: VII, 945

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21 — Kálf Kátr 21VII

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lemmatised words

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deilir (noun m.) ‘ruler, ordainer...’deili 21/6

dregill (noun m.) [°dat. dregli; dreglar] ‘[ribbons]...’dregla 21/1

dróttinn (noun m.) [°dróttins, dat. dróttni (drottini [$1049$]); dróttnar] ‘lord, master...’Drottinn 21/1, drottins 21/4

dœmistóll (noun m.) [°·stóls, dat. ·stóli; ·stólar] ‘judgement seat...’dæmistóls 21/2

3ei (adv.) ‘not...’ — 21/3

fold (noun f.) ‘land...’foldar 21/7

fróðr (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘wise...’fróðari 21/4

fyrr (adv.) ‘before, sooner...’ — 21/3

2fœða (verb) ‘to feed, give food to, bring up, bear, g...’fæddiz 21/3

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’henni 21/3, henni 21/8

heilagr (adj.) [°helgan; compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘holy, sacred...’heilög 21/6

hœgri (adj. comp.) ‘higher, highest...’hægri 21/5

hǫnd (noun f.) [°handar, dat. hendi; hendr (hendir StatPáll³ 752¹²)] ‘hand...’handar 21/5

2inn (art.) ‘the...’hið 21/8

Kátrína (noun f.) ‘[Catherine]...’Kátrínu 21/8

María (noun f.) ‘Mary...’Máría 21/6

máni (noun m.) [°-a] ‘moon...’mána 21/7

með (prep.) ‘with...’ — 21/2

meiri (adj. comp.) [°meiran; superl. mestr] ‘more, most...’mæstr 21/8

mildingr (noun m.) [°-s] ‘ruler, generous one...’ — 21/7

móðir (noun f.) ‘mother...’ — 21/4

mær (noun f.) [°meyjar, dat. meyju; meyjar] ‘maiden...’ — 21/4

2nema (conj.) ‘unless...’ — 21/4

(conj.) ‘nor...’nie 21/3

(adv.) ‘now...’ — 21/7

nærri (adj. comp.) [°superl. nǽstr] ‘near, nearer, next...’næsta 21/8

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’og 21/5

ráða (verb) ‘advise, rule, interpret, decide...’rieð 21/1

sitja (verb) ‘sit...’sitr 21/5

síðarr (adv.) ‘later...’síðar 21/3

1skipa (verb) ‘change, place...’skipar 21/7

standa (verb) ‘stand...’Stendr 21/5

sæll (adj.) ‘happy, blessed...’ — 21/1

sœma (verb) ‘honour...’sæma 21/2

tákn (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘token...’táknum 21/2

til (prep.) ‘to...’ — 21/5

þella (noun f.) ‘fir, young pine...’þellu 21/1

ǫld (noun f.) [°; aldir] ‘people, age...’aldar 21/6


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