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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 45VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 45’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 960.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Ljóðað hefi eg um líf og dauða
lims mætiligs aldar gætis;
djörfung mikil er slíkt að starfa
spilli baugs með tungu illri.
Hilding beiðir himna veldis
hneigiþollr, að reiðiz eigi,
öglis túna, orðum mínum;
yndi mitt hefi eg lagt við syndir.

Eg hefi ljóðað um líf og dauða {lims {mætiligs gætis aldar}}; mikil djörfung er að starfa slíkt {spilli baugs} með illri tungu. {Hneigiþollr {túna öglis}} beiðir {hilding himnaveldis}, að reiðiz eigi orðum mínum; eg hefi lagt yndi mitt við syndir.
‘I have composed [a poem] about the life and death of the limb of the great guardian of people [= God > HOLY WOMAN = Catherine]; it is great boldness to do such for a destroyer of the ring [GENEROUS MAN] with a poor tongue. The giving tree of the homefields of the snake [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] asks the king of the realm of the heavens [= God] not to be angered by my words; I have taken my delight in sins.

notes and context

[1]: Emendations suggested by Finnur Jónsson (Skj B).



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 45: AII, 525, BII, 580, Skald II, 320, Kahle 1898, 76, 108, Sperber 1911, 53, 83.


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