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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálfr Hallsson (Kálf)

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

Kátrínardrápa (Kátr) - 51

not in Skj

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 2 July 2022)

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

SkP info: VII, 949

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29 — Kálf Kátr 29VII

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lemmatised words

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allr (adj.) ‘all...’öll 29/3

3á (prep.) ‘on, at...’ — 29/2

1braut (noun f.) [°dat. -/-u; -ir] ‘path, way; away...’ — 29/2

brjóst (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘breast, chest...’brjósti 29/1

deilir (noun m.) ‘ruler, ordainer...’deili 29/6

endalauss (adj.) ‘endless...’endalaust 29/4

1engill (noun m.) [°engils; englar] ‘angel...’eingla 29/3

fara (verb) [ferr, fór, fóru, farinn] ‘go, travel...’fór 29/1

fold (noun f.) ‘land...’foldar 29/7

2Gautr (noun m.) ‘Gautr, Óðinn...’Gautar 29/2

1guð (noun m.) [°***guðrs, guðis, gus] ‘(Christian) God...’guðs 29/4

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’henni 29/8, þau 29/3

heilagr (adj.) [°helgan; compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘holy, sacred...’heilög 29/6

2hreinn (adj.) [°compar. hreinari/hreinni, superl. hreinastr/hreinstr] ‘pure...’hreinu 29/1

1hringr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -; -ar] ‘ring; sword...’hrings 29/2

Hrist (noun f.) ‘Hrist...’ — 29/1

hœgri (adj. comp.) ‘higher, highest...’hægri 29/5

hǫnd (noun f.) [°handar, dat. hendi; hendr (hendir StatPáll³ 752¹²)] ‘hand...’handar 29/5

2inn (art.) ‘the...’hið 29/8

Kátrína (noun f.) ‘[Catherine]...’Kátrínu 29/8

kenna (verb) ‘know, teach...’kendi 29/4

leyfa (verb) ‘permit; praise...’leyfðu 29/3

malmr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘metal...’málma 29/2

María (noun f.) ‘Mary...’Máría 29/6

máni (noun m.) [°-a] ‘moon...’mána 29/7

með (prep.) ‘with...’ — 29/1

meiri (adj. comp.) [°meiran; superl. mestr] ‘more, most...’mæstr 29/8

mildingr (noun m.) [°-s] ‘ruler, generous one...’ — 29/7

mær (noun f.) [°meyjar, dat. meyju; meyjar] ‘maiden...’ — 29/4

(adv.) ‘now...’ — 29/7

nærri (adj. comp.) [°superl. nǽstr] ‘near, nearer, next...’næsta 29/8

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’og 29/2, og 29/5

sem (conj.) ‘as, which...’ — 29/4

sitja (verb) ‘sit...’sitr 29/5

1skipa (verb) ‘change, place...’skipar 29/7

standa (verb) ‘stand...’Stendr 29/5

stillir (noun m.) ‘ruler...’stilli 29/3

til (prep.) ‘to...’ — 29/5

2þá (adv.) ‘then...’ — 29/1

ǫld (noun f.) [°; aldir] ‘people, age...’aldar 29/6


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