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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, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 27 June 2022)

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, 947-8

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26 — Kálf Kátr 26VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 947-8.

Riddari tók, sá er ræsis leiddi
ranns til myrkrs fyr göfgan svanna
eiginkván, af orðum Ságu
eiða linns að kasta heiðni.
Ýtir sagðiz aldar gætis
elgs sólbyrðis meyju helgri
gilliga vafðr í glæpum öllum:
‘guð Ísáks kenn mier að prísa’.

Riddari, sá er leiddi eiginkván ræsis til ranns myrkrs fyr göfgan svanna, tók að kasta heiðni af orðum {Ságu {eiða linns}}. {Ýtir {elgs sólbyrðis}} sagðiz helgri meyju {gætis aldar} gilliga vafðr í glæpum öllum: ‘kenn mier að prísa guð Ísáks’.

The knight, who led the wife of the king to the house of darkness before the noble woman, abandoned heathendom because of the words {of the Sága <goddess> {of the lands of the serpent}} [GOLD > WOMAN]. {The launcher {of the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board}} [SHIP > SEAFARER]] said to the holy maiden {of the guardian of the world} [= God] that he was thoroughly entangled in all crimes: ‘Teach me to praise the god of Isaac’.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 26 (AII, 521; BII, 575-6); Skald II, 317, NN §§2764, 2958E, Kahle 1898, 72, 107, Sperber 1911, 49, 81.


AM 713 4° (713) 131 - 131  transcr.  image  image  
JS 399 a-b 4°x (399a-bx) 15 - 15  
AM 920 4°x (920x) 216r - 216r  image  
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