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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 27 October 2021)

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

SkP info: VII, 962

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49 — Kálf Kátr 49VII

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lemmatised words

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4at (conj.) ‘that...’ 49/1

biðja (verb) [°biðr; bað, báðu; beðinn (beiþ- Martin¹ 573‡, bỏþ- HákEirsp 661‰, cf. ed. intr. xl)] ‘ask for, order, pray...’bið 49/1

djǫfull (noun m.) [°djǫfuls, dat. djǫfli; djǫflar/djaflar] ‘devil...’djöfli 49/4

dómr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘judgement; court; -dom, -ness (suffix)...’dómi 49/3, dóms 49/7

efri (adj. comp.) [°superl. efstr/øfstr (eft- [$1653$] 13r²³, etc.)] ‘higher, highest...’efsta 49/3

2einn (pron.) [°decl. cf. einn num.] ‘one, alone...’ — 49/8

ek (pron.) [°mín, dat. mér, acc. mik] ‘I, me...’eg 49/1

emja (verb) [°-að-] ‘howl...’emjandi 49/3

2er (conj.) ‘who, which, when...’ — 49/2

ferð (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir/-arMork 196¹²)] ‘host, journey...’ — 49/4

frá (prep.) ‘from...’ — 49/3

fylla (verb) ‘fill...’fyld 49/7

1gerð (noun f.) ‘deed...’gjörðir 49/5

1gifta (noun f.) ‘grace, fortune...’giftu 49/7

greina (verb) ‘explain, divide...’Greini 49/5

grœðari (noun m.) ‘saviour, healer...’græðarinn 49/8

1guð (noun m.) [°***guðrs, guðis, gus] ‘(Christian) God...’ — 49/7

guðdómr (noun m.) ‘God’s dominion...’guðdóms 49/7

gǫfugr (adj.) [°gǫfgan/gǫfugan; compar. gǫfgari/gǫfugri, superl. gǫfgastr/gǫfugstr/gǫfugastr] ‘noble, glorious...’göfug 49/6

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’henni 49/8

hleypa (verb) ‘impell, make run...’hleypr 49/2

2inn (art.) ‘the...’hin 49/2

jǫfurr (noun m.) ‘ruler, prince...’jöfri 49/6

2Kalfr (noun m.) ‘Kálfr...’Kálfi 49/1

Katrín (noun f.) ‘[Catherine]...’Kátrín 49/1

1kraftr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i/- ; -ar] ‘power...’krafti 49/7

kvæði (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘poem...’kvæðis 49/2

kvæðislaun (noun n.) — 49/2

3laun (noun n.) [°-; -] ‘rewards...’ — 49/2

María (noun f.) ‘Mary...’Máría 49/6

með (prep.) ‘with...’ — 49/4

minn (pron.) [°f. mín, n. mitt] ‘my...’mínar 49/5

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’og 49/5, og 49/7

skœðr (adj.) ‘dangerous...’skæða 49/2

sól (noun f.) [°-ar, dat. -u/-; -ir] ‘sun...’sólar 49/6

svartr (adj.) ‘black...’svörtum 49/4

2veita (verb) ‘grant, give...’veiti 49/1

2vera (verb) ‘be, is, was, were, are, am...’er 49/8

verna (verb) ‘[defend]...’verndi 49/5

œðri (adj. comp.) ‘nobler, higher...’æðri 49/8

ǫflugr (adj.) ‘mighty, strong...’öflug 49/4


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