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Kálf Kátr 26VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 26’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 947-8.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
252627

ræsis ‘of the king’

ræsir (noun m.): ruler

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af ‘because of’

af (prep.): from

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Ságu ‘of the Sága’

Sága (noun f.): [Sága, for Sága]

kennings

Ságu eiða linns.
‘of the Sága of the lands of the serpent. ’
   = WOMAN

the lands of the serpent. → GOLD
the Sága of the GOLD → WOMAN
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eiða ‘of the lands’

eið (noun n.; °-s; -): ?oath/headland

kennings

Ságu eiða linns.
‘of the Sága of the lands of the serpent. ’
   = WOMAN

the lands of the serpent. → GOLD
the Sága of the GOLD → WOMAN
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eiða ‘of the lands’

eið (noun n.; °-s; -): ?oath/headland

kennings

Ságu eiða linns.
‘of the Sága of the lands of the serpent. ’
   = WOMAN

the lands of the serpent. → GOLD
the Sága of the GOLD → WOMAN
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linns ‘of the serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake

kennings

Ságu eiða linns.
‘of the Sága of the lands of the serpent. ’
   = WOMAN

the lands of the serpent. → GOLD
the Sága of the GOLD → WOMAN
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linns ‘of the serpent’

linnr (noun m.): snake

kennings

Ságu eiða linns.
‘of the Sága of the lands of the serpent. ’
   = WOMAN

the lands of the serpent. → GOLD
the Sága of the GOLD → WOMAN
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kasta ‘abandoned’

1. kasta (verb): throw

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Ýtir ‘launcher’

ýtir (noun m.): giver

kennings

Ýtir elgs sólbyrðis
‘The launcher of the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] ’
   = SEAFARER

the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] → SHIP
The launcher of the SHIP → SEAFARER
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aldar ‘of the world’

ǫld (noun f.; °; aldir): people, age

kennings

gætis aldar
‘of the guardian of the world that he ’
   = God

the guardian of the world that he → God
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gætis ‘of the guardian’

gætir (noun m.): guardian

kennings

gætis aldar
‘of the guardian of the world that he ’
   = God

the guardian of the world that he → God
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elgs ‘of the elk’

elgr (noun m.; °-s; -ir/-ar): elk

kennings

Ýtir elgs sólbyrðis
‘The launcher of the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] ’
   = SEAFARER

the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] → SHIP
The launcher of the SHIP → SEAFARER
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elgs ‘of the elk’

elgr (noun m.; °-s; -ir/-ar): elk

kennings

Ýtir elgs sólbyrðis
‘The launcher of the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] ’
   = SEAFARER

the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] → SHIP
The launcher of the SHIP → SEAFARER
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sólbyrðis ‘sun-board’

sólbyrði (noun n.)

kennings

Ýtir elgs sólbyrðis
‘The launcher of the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] ’
   = SEAFARER

the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] → SHIP
The launcher of the SHIP → SEAFARER
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sólbyrðis ‘sun-board’

sólbyrði (noun n.)

kennings

Ýtir elgs sólbyrðis
‘The launcher of the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] ’
   = SEAFARER

the elk of the gunwale [lit. sun-board] → SHIP
The launcher of the SHIP → SEAFARER
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gilliga ‘thoroughly’

gildliga (adv.): [thoroughly]

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vafðr ‘entangled’

2. vefja (verb): wrap

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öllum ‘all’

allr (adj.): all

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Ísáks ‘of Isaac’

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Stanzas 26-8 are based upon a wordy exchange in the prose legend between Porphyry and Catherine in which he asks her to teach him how to gain eternal life and avoid all delusions of devils. He accepts Christianity along with two hundred other knights (Unger 1877, I, 412-13; Wolf 2003, 134).

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