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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 11VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 11’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 938-9.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

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Stillir frietti hljóði hvellu
hafnar glóða eik að nafni;
fljóðið gjörði að birta bæði
baugs veitanda ætt og heiti.
Síðan spurði siklingr Þrúði
sævar bála sneldr í máli:
‘hvárt ætlar þú, hranna kertis,
hilmi, skorð, að sigra orðum?

Stillir frietti {eik {glóða hafnar}} hvellu hljóði að nafni; fljóðið gjörði að birta {veitanda baugs} bæði ætt og heiti. Síðan spurði siklingr {Þrúði {bála sævar}} sneldr í máli: ‘hvárt ætlar þú, {skorð {kertis hranna}}, að sigra hilmi orðum?
‘The ruler asked the oak of the red-hot embers of the harbour [GOLD > WOMAN] in a shrill voice for her name; the woman was prepared to reveal to the giver of the ring [GENEROUS MAN] both her heritage and her name. Subsequently, the king asked the Þrúðr <goddess> of the fires of the sea [GOLD > WOMAN] harsh in his speech: ‘do you intend, prop of the candle of the waves [GOLD > WOMAN], to win victory over the prince with words?

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 11: AII, 518-19, BII, 572, Skald II, 314, NN §2958, Kahle 1898, 69, 106, Sperber 1911, 45, 79.


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