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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, 951-2

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33 — Kálf Kátr 33VII

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lemmatised words

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allr (adj.) ‘all...’Allir 33/1

5at (nota) ‘to (with infinitive)...’ 33/1

deilir (noun m.) ‘ruler, ordainer...’deili 33/6

2er (conj.) ‘who, which, when...’ — 33/2

fold (noun f.) ‘land...’foldar 33/7

fyr (prep.) ‘for, over, because of, etc....’ — 33/4

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’henni 33/8

heilagr (adj.) [°helgan; compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘holy, sacred...’heilög 33/6

hold (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘flesh...’holdi 33/3

hœgri (adj. comp.) ‘higher, highest...’hægri 33/5

hǫnd (noun f.) [°handar, dat. hendi; hendr (hendir StatPáll³ 752¹²)] ‘hand...’handar 33/5

2inn (art.) ‘the...’hið 33/8

Kátrína (noun f.) ‘[Catherine]...’Kátrínu 33/8

María (noun f.) ‘Mary...’Máría 33/6

máni (noun m.) [°-a] ‘moon...’mána 33/7

með (prep.) ‘with...’ — 33/3

mega (verb) ‘may, might...’ — 33/4

meiri (adj. comp.) [°meiran; superl. mestr] ‘more, most...’mæstr 33/8

mildingr (noun m.) [°-s] ‘ruler, generous one...’ — 33/7

mær (noun f.) [°meyjar, dat. meyju; meyjar] ‘maiden...’mærin 33/2

nes (noun n.) [°-s; -, gen. -ja] ‘headland...’ness 33/2

(adv.) ‘now...’ — 33/7

nærri (adj. comp.) [°superl. nǽstr] ‘near, nearer, next...’næsta 33/8

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’og 33/5

písl (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir/-ar(Maurit 650²²)] ‘torture...’píslum 33/4

3sinn (pron.) [°f. sín, n. sitt] ‘(refl. poss. pron.)...’sínum 33/4

sitja (verb) ‘sit...’sitr 33/5

1sjá (pron.) [°gen. þessa dat. þessum/þeima, acc. þenna; f. sjá/þessi; n. þetta, dat. þessu/þvísa; pl. þessir] ‘this...’þessi 33/2

1skipa (verb) ‘change, place...’skipar 33/7

skína (verb) ‘shine...’ — 33/4

skulu (verb) ‘shall, should, must...’skyldi 33/3

1skærr (adj.) ‘pure, bright...’skæru 33/3

standa (verb) ‘stand...’Stendr 33/5

svá (adv.) ‘so, thus...’ — 33/3

2taka (verb) ‘take...’tóku 33/1

til (prep.) ‘to...’ — 33/5

undra (verb) ‘be surprised, amazed...’undraz 33/1

þollr (noun m.) ‘fir-tree...’þollar 33/1

ǫglir (noun m.) ‘hawk...’öglis 33/2

ǫld (noun f.) [°; aldir] ‘people, age...’aldar 33/6


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