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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, 956

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40 — Kálf Kátr 40VII

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Cite as: Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 956.

‘Hvern býð eg’, kvað hinn heimskugjarni,
‘hjörva lund að missa fjörvi,
veðra, hválfs að vísi heiðrar,
vella njótr, en hafnar blótum.’
Ýtar kváðuz eingla gæti
jötna róms hafa hugað að þjóna;
meiðar tóku dapran dauða
Drafnar elds í Jésú nafni.

‘Eg býð’, kvað hinn heimskugjarni, ‘að {hvern lund hjörva} missa fjörvi, að heiðrar {vísi {hválfs veðra}}, en hafnar blótum, {njótr vella}’. {Ýtar {róms jötna}} kváðuz hafa hugað að þjóna {gæti eingla}; {meiðar {elds Drafnar}} tóku dapran dauða í nafni Jésú.

‘I order’, spoke the stupidity-inclined one, ‘that {each tree of swords} [MAN] shall lose his life, who honours {the king {of the vault of the winds}} [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] and abandons sacrifices, {user of gold} [MAN]’. {The launchers {of the speech of giants}} [GOLD > MEN] said that they had decided to serve {the guardian of angels} [= God]; {the trees {of the fire of Dröfn <wave>}} [GOLD > MEN] died a sad death in the name of Jesus.

editions: Skj [Anonyme digte og vers XIV]: [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 40 (AII, 524; BII, 579); Skald II, 319, Kahle 1898, 75, 108, Sperber 1911, 52, 82.

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AM 713 4° (713) 132 - 133  transcr.  image  image  
JS 399 a-b 4°x (399a-bx) 22 - 22  
AM 920 4°x (920x) 217v - 217v  image  
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