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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 30VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 30’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 950.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Tólf daga liet tróðu elfar
tiggi elds í höftum liggja
bunna fast í byrgðu ranni,
— bauð hann slíkt — áðr * hun tók dauða.
Sína hitti siklingr mána
sannr lausnari allra manna
ítarligr með eingla sveitum
ambátt kæra og ljósi skæru.

Tólf daga liet tiggi {tróðu {elds elfar}} liggja bunna fast í höftum í byrgðu ranni, áðr * hun tók dauða; hann bauð slíkt. {Ítarligr siklingr mána}, {sannr lausnari allra manna}, hitti kæra ambátt sína með sveitum eingla og skæru ljósi.
‘For twelve days the king let the stick of the fire of the river [GOLD > WOMAN] lie bound fast in fetters in the locked house before she died; he commanded thus. The magnificent prince of the moon [= God (= Christ)], the true redeemer of all men [= God (= Christ)], met his dear handmaid with hosts of angels and a bright light.

notes and context

In the prose legend (Unger 1877, I, 413; Wolf 2003, 135) God sends his angel to Catherine and grants her a vision of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, who speaks words of comfort, as summarised in st. 31.



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 30: AII, 522, BII, 576-7, Skald II, 317, NN §§2764, 2958A, 2966, 3397M, Kahle 1898, 73, 107, Sperber 1911, 50, 81.


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