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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 24VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 946-7.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Drottins tjáði dýrsta háttu
dýrlig ambátt himna stýris,
Rínar báls svá að raungum greinum
Rist hafnaði en játti Kristi.
Síðan töluðu sætur báðar
sómlundaðar af góðu tómi
alla nótt um eingla stillis
orð og verk, þau er guðdóm merkja.

{Dýrlig ambátt {stýris himna}} tjáði dýrsta háttu drottins, svá að {Rist {Rínar báls}} hafnaði raungum greinum, en játti Kristi. Síðan töluðu báðar sómlundaðar sætur af góðu tómi alla nótt um orð og verk {stillis eingla}, þau er merkja guðdóm.
‘The glorious handmaid of the king of the heavens [= God > HOLY WOMAN] related the most glorious deeds of the Lord, so that the Rist <valkyrie> of the Rhine’s fire [GOLD > ] discarded false beliefs, and acknowledged Christ. Subsequently, both honourable-minded women spoke at good leisure all night about the words and deeds of the ruler of angels [= God], which signify the Godhead.

notes and context

[5-8]: These ll. summarise a long exchange between Catherine and the empress in the prose text (Unger 1877, I, 410-12; Wolf 2003, 132-4).



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 24: AII, 521, BII, 575, Skald II, 316, Kahle 1898, 72, 107, Sperber 1911, 48, 81.


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