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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 15VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 15’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 941.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

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Vitrir báðu vella Þrúði
vargfæðendur þá að bjarga
sál og önd við svælum fjanda:
‘sætt* oss við guð Jákóbs ættar’.
Kátrín tjáði Krists fyr lýðum
kraftaverk og dýrðir sterkar;
eigendr tóku iðran fagra
öglis túns af dæmum fögrum.

{Vitrir vargfæðendur} báðu {Þrúði vella} þá að bjarga sál og önd við fjanda svælum: ‘sætt* oss við guð Jákóbs ættar’. Kátrín tjáði fyr lýðum Krists kraftaverk og sterkar dýrðir; {eigendr {öglis túns}} tóku fagra iðran af fögrum dæmum.
‘The wise wolf-feeders [WARRIORS] asked the Þrúðr <goddess> of gold [WOMAN] then to save their souls and spirits from the devil’s smoke: ‘reconcile us with the god of Jacob’s tribe’. Catherine explained to the people Christ’s miracles and strong glories; the owners of the snake’s dwelling [GOLD > MEN] made a beautiful repentance as a result of the beautiful examples.

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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 15: AII, 519, BII, 573, Skald II 315, NN §§2958B, 2962, Kahle 1898, 70, 107, Sperber 1911, 46, 80.


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