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Kálf Kátr 16VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 16’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 942.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
151617

Bragnar lietu í báli heitu
blessað líf, en fór* með vífi
lík heilög í láði að hylja
lýða sveit með allri prýði.
Hárið kunni ei heldr að brenna
hrannar bliks á viðum en annað;
ýtendr lofuðu eingla gæti
öldu fress af tákni þessu.

Bragnar lietu blessað líf í heitu báli, en sveit lýða fór* með vífi að hylja í láði heilög lík með allri prýði. Hárið kunni ei heldr að brenna en annað á {viðum {bliks hrannar}}; {ýtendr {fress öldu}} lofuðu {gæti eingla} af tákni þessu.

The men lost their blessed life in the hot fire, but a host of people went with the woman to cover in earth the holy bodies with all pomp. Neither the hair nor anything else could burn on {the woods {of the gleam of the wave}} [GOLD > MEN]; {the launchers {of the bear of the wave}} [SHIP > SEAFARERS] praised {the guardian of angels} [= God] for this miracle.

Mss: 713(130), 399a-bˣ(9), 920ˣ(214v-215r)

Readings: [2] fór*: fóru all    [6] viðum: viði all

Editions: Skj AII, 519-20, Skj BII, 573, Skald II, 315, NN §2958B, Kahle 1898, 70, 107, Sperber 1911, 46, 80.

Notes: [All]: In the prose text the martyrdom of the wise men is preceded by lengthy dialogue between them and Catherine; details of their corpses’ invulnerability to fire are the same in both texts (Unger 1877, I, 407; Wolf 2003, 130): ...ok fundu likami þeira oskadda, sva at eigi var helldr brunnit hárit af þeim en annat ‘...and they found their bodies unscathed, so that neither their hair nor anything else of them was burnt’.

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Unger, C. R., ed. 1877. Heilagra manna søgur. Fortællinger og legender om hellige mænd og kvinder. 2 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Bentzen.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. NN = Kock, Ernst Albin. 1923-44. Notationes Norrœnæ: Anteckningar till Edda och skaldediktning. Lunds Universitets årsskrift new ser. 1. 28 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  5. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  6. Wolf, Kirsten, ed. 2003. Heilagra meyja sögur. Íslenzk trúarrit 1. Reykjavík: Bókmenntafræðistofnun Háskóla Íslands.
  7. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
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