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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, ‘(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.

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

SkP info: VII, 951

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32 — Kálf Kátr 32VII

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lemmatised words

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af (prep.) ‘from...’ — 32/1, 32/7, 32/8

ambátt (noun f.) [°-ar, dat. -u/-; -ir/-ar (ambottor EiðKrA 391²²)] ‘handmaid...’ — 32/6

5at (nota) ‘to (with infinitive)...’ 32/5

auga (noun n.) [°auga; augu/augun, gen. augna] ‘eye...’augum 32/8

baugr (noun m.) [°dat. -i/-; -ar] ‘ring...’bauga 32/3, bauga 32/8

báðir (pron.) [°gen. beggja (báðra), nom./acc. n. bǽði] ‘both...’bæði 32/3

beiskr (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘bitter...’beiska 32/4

bjartr (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘bright...’bjartur 32/7

bjóða (verb) [°býðr; bauð, buðu; boðinn (buð- Thom¹ 5²n.)] ‘offer, order, invite...’bauð 32/5

2brenna (verb) [°brennr/brenn; brann, brunnu; brunninn] ‘(strong, intransitive)...’brynni 32/7

dauði (noun m.) [°-a; -ar] ‘death...’dauða 32/4

2er (conj.) ‘who, which, when...’ — 32/2

geisli (noun m.) ‘beam of light...’ — 32/8

1gera (verb) ‘do, make...’gjörðiz 32/1

girna (verb) ‘desire...’girntiz 32/3

gætir (noun m.) ‘guardian...’gætis 32/6

heitr (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘hot, ardent...’heitum 32/1

hildingr (noun m.) [°; -ar] ‘king, ruler...’hildings 32/2

hress (adj.) [°superl. -astr] ‘hearty...’ — 32/1

Katrín (noun f.) ‘[Catherine]...’Kátrín 32/1

kerti (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘candle...’ — 32/7

2leiða (verb) [-dd] ‘lead; (-sk) grow tired...’ — 32/5

mildi (noun f.) ‘generosity, mercy...’ — 32/2

neyð (noun f.) [°dat. -] ‘need, distress...’nauð 32/4

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’og 32/4

1 (pron.) [°gen. þess, dat. þeim, acc. þann; f. sú, gen. þeirrar, acc. þá; n. þat, dat. því; pl. m. þeir, f. þǽ---] ‘that (one), those...’þess 32/2

sárr (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘sore, painful; wounded...’sáran 32/4

sem (conj.) ‘as, which...’ — 32/7

sik (pron.) [°gen. sín, dat. sér] ‘(refl. pron.)...’sín 32/5

siklingr (noun m.) [°; -ar] ‘king, ruler...’ — 32/5

skína (verb) ‘shine...’skein 32/7

2sæta (verb) ‘mean, signify...’ — 32/6

til (prep.) ‘to...’ — 32/5

tróða (noun f.) [°-u] ‘stick...’ — 32/3

2veita (verb) ‘grant, give...’veitir 32/2

verǫld (noun f.) [°-aldar, dat. -/-u; -aldir] ‘world, age...’veraldar 32/6

þella (noun f.) ‘fir, young pine...’þellu 32/8

 

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