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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 44VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 44’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 959.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Linna huldi líkam hennar
leitis Njörðr í grænni jörðu;
öndin fór með einglum stýris
imnasaungs á bjarta himna.
Tákna fjöld má trauðla reikna
tunga mín, er Káterína
vann einart, á grundu grænni;
grein sönn er það kristnum mönnum.

{Njörðr {leitis linna}} huldi líkam hennar í grænni jörðu; öndin fór með einglum {stýris imnasaungs} á bjarta himna. Tunga mín má trauðla reikna fjöld tákna, er Káterína vann einart á grænni grundu; það er sönn grein kristnum mönnum.
‘The Njörðr <god> of the hill of serpents [GOLD > MAN] buried her body in the green earth; the soul went with the angels of the ruler of hymn-singing [= God] to the clear skies. My tongue can hardly count the number of miracles, which Catherine incessantly worked on the green earth; it is a true fact for Christian men.

notes and context

[1-2]: There is no parallel for this detail in the prose text, where angels carry off Catherine’s body (see Note to st. 43), nor is the detail of the man who buried her body known from the prose saga.



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 44: AII, 525, BII, 580, Skald II, 320, NN §§2968, 3386D, Kahle 1898, 76, 108, Sperber 1911, 53, 82-3.


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