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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 41VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 41’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 957.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Porphíríum fyr píslir stórar
prýddan vann og tvenn hundrað manna;
giet eg þess víst, að gumnar hljóti
göfuglig laun af sólar jöfri.
Ljúfri bauð enn lestir hlífa
lofðungs ambátt himintungla,
auð og fold að eignaz skyldi,
eitri líkr, en drotning heita.

Porphíríum og tvenn hundrað manna vann prýddan fyr stórar píslir; eg giet þess, að gumnar hljóti víst göfuglig laun af {jöfri sólar}. {Lestir hlífa}, líkr eitri, bauð enn {ljúfri ambátt {lofðungs himintungla}}, að skyldi eignaz auð og fold en heita drotning.
‘Porphyry and two hundred men achieved honour for their great torments; I expect that the men will surely receive a generous reward from the king of the sun [= God]. The destroyer of defences [WARRIOR], like poison, again offered the beloved handmaid of the king of heavenly bodies [= God > HOLY WOMAN] that she would receive wealth and land and be called queen.

notes and context

Between sts 41-5, 713 is defective because p. 133 has a tear running more or less vertically for about half its length.



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 41: AII, 524, BII, 579, Skald II, 319, NN §2963, Kahle 1898, 75-6, 108, Sperber 1911, 52, 82.


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