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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

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.

Mss: 713(130), 399a-bˣ(9), 920ˣ(214v)

Readings: [2] þá: so 920ˣ, þeim 713, 399a‑bˣ    [4] sætt*: sættu all    [8] túns: so 399a‑bˣ, tún 713, túna 920ˣ

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

Notes: [8] eigendr öglis túns ‘owners of the snake’s dwelling [GOLD > MEN]’: see Note to st. 14/3-4. — [8] túns (n. gen. sg.) ‘dwelling’: Sperber emends to túna (n. gen. pl.) ‘dwellings’ with reference to st. 45/7.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  3. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  5. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.

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