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Kálf Kátr 40VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 40’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 956.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
394041

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‘Hvern býð eg’, kvað hinn heimskugjarni,
‘hjörva lund að missa fjörvi,
veðra, hválfs að vísi heiðrar,
vella njótr, en hafnar blótum.’
Ýtar kváðuz eingla gæti
jötna róms hafa hugað að þjóna;
meiðar tóku dapran dauða
Drafnar elds í Jésú nafni.

‘Eg býð’, kvað hinn heimskugjarni, ‘að {hvern lund hjörva} missa fjörvi, að heiðrar {vísi {hválfs veðra}}, en hafnar blótum, {njótr vella}’. {Ýtar {róms jötna}} kváðuz hafa hugað að þjóna {gæti eingla}; {meiðar {elds Drafnar}} tóku dapran dauða í nafni Jésú.
 
‘‘I order’, spoke the stupidity-inclined one, ‘that each tree of swords [MAN] shall lose his life, who honours the king of the vault of the winds [SKY/HEAVEN > = God] and abandons sacrifices, user of gold [MAN]’. The launchers of the speech of giants [GOLD > MEN] said that they had decided to serve the guardian of angels [= God]; the trees of the fire of Dröfn <wave> [GOLD > MEN] died a sad death in the name of Jesus.

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Skj: [Anonyme digte og vers XIV], [B. 11]. Katrínar drápa 40: AII, 524, BII, 579, Skald II, 319, Kahle 1898, 75, 108, Sperber 1911, 52, 82.

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