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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 29 November 2021)

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

SkP info: VII, 958

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42 — Kálf Kátr 42VII

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lemmatised words

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aldri (adv.) ‘never...’ — 42/7

4at (conj.) ‘that...’ 42/3

5at (nota) ‘to (with infinitive)...’ 42/1

brík (noun f.) [°-ar; -r] ‘plank...’ — 42/3

dauði (noun m.) [°-a; -ar] ‘death...’dauða 42/6

dýrka (verb) [°-að-] ‘glorify, worship...’ — 42/8

3ei (adv.) ‘not...’ei 42/3, 42/6

3eigi (adv.) ‘not...’ — 42/1

ek (pron.) [°mín, dat. mér, acc. mik] ‘I, me...’eg 42/7, eg 42/8

fresta (verb) ‘[delay]...’frestaðu 42/6

grund (noun f.) ‘earth, land...’grundar 42/2

hilmir (noun m.) ‘prince, protector...’hilmi 42/8

hneitir (noun m.) ‘sword...’hneitis 42/4

2kveðja (verb) ‘say, greet...’kvað 42/5

maðr (noun m.) ‘man, person...’ — 42/5

minn (pron.) [°f. mín, n. mitt] ‘my...’mínum 42/6

1mæla (verb) ‘speak, say...’mælti 42/2

1neita (verb) ‘refuse...’Neittu 42/1

(adv.) ‘now...’ — 42/7

ormr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘serpent...’orma 42/2

palmr (noun m.) [°; -ar] ‘palm-tree...’pálmar 42/4

pell (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘velvet...’pella 42/3

písl (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir/-ar(Maurit 650²²)] ‘torture...’píslir 42/3

1selja (noun f.) [°-u] ‘willow...’ — 42/5

1sjá (pron.) [°gen. þessa dat. þessum/þeima, acc. þenna; f. sjá/þessi; n. þetta, dat. þessu/þvísa; pl. þessir] ‘this...’þetta 42/1

skulu (verb) ‘shall, should, must...’skal 42/7

stækr (adj.) ‘[violent]...’stækar 42/3

sunna (noun f.) ‘sun...’sunnu 42/8

svá (adv.) ‘so, thus...’ — 42/2

1um (prep.) ‘about, around...’ — 42/4

1unna (verb) ‘love...’ — 42/8

2veita (verb) ‘grant, give...’veiti 42/4, veiti* 42/5

veitiselja (noun f.)veiti*selja 42/5

veldi (noun n.) ‘realm...’ — 42/7

1vél (noun f.) [°-ar; -ar/-ir] ‘deceit, trick; device...’Viela 42/5

vélamaðr (noun m.)Vielamaðr 42/5

vín (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘wine...’víns 42/6

yðvarr (pron.) [°f. yður; pl. yðrir] ‘your...’yðru 42/7

þiggja (verb) ‘receive, get...’ — 42/1

Þundr (noun m.) ‘Þundr...’ — 42/2

þú (pron.) [°gen. þín, dat. þér, acc. þik] ‘you...’þier 42/4


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