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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 42VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 42’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 958.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

‘Neittu eigi að þiggja þetta’,
Þundr mælti svá orma grundar,
‘pella brík, ei píslir stækar
pálmar hneitis þier um veiti’.
‘Vielamaðr’, kvað veiti*selja
víns, ‘frestaðu ei dauða mínum;
aldri skal eg nú yðru veldi
unna; dýrka eg hilmi sunnu’.

‘Neittu eigi að þiggja þetta, {brík pella}’, svá mælti {Þundr {grundar orma}}, ‘ {pálmar hneitis} um veiti þier ei stækar píslir’. ‘Vielamaðr’, kvað {veiti*selja víns}, ‘frestaðu ei dauða mínum; eg skal nú aldri unna yðru veldi; eg dýrka {hilmi sunnu}’.
‘’Do not refuse to accept this, screen of velvet [WOMAN]’, thus spoke the Þundr <= Óðinn> of the land of serpents [GOLD > WARRIOR], ‘that the palm trees of the sword [WARRIORS] do not inflict on you violent tortures’. ‘Man of deceits’, said the offering-willow of wine [WOMAN], ‘do not delay my death; I shall now never love your power; I worship the king of the sun [= God]’.

notes and context



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 42: AII, 524, BII, 579-80, Skald II, 319, NN §3386B, Kahle 1898, 76, 108, Sperber 1911, 52-3, 82.


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