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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 50VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 50’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 962-3.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Öllum veitir eingla stillir
— orð sönn eru það — kristnum mönnum
dýrð háleitri, en Ullar orðum
unnar dýra biðja kunna.
Eigendur* fyr iðran fagra
jötna róms á efsta dómi
hæsta tígn með helgum Kristi
hljóti *, svá að aldri þrjóti.

{Stillir eingla} veitir öllum kristnum mönnum — það eru sönn orð — háleitri dýrð en {Ullar {dýra unnar}} kunna biðja orðum. Hljóti * {eigendur* {róms jötna}} á efsta dómi hæsta tígn með helgum Kristi, svá að aldri þrjóti, fyr fagra iðran.
‘The ruler of angels [= God] grants to all Christian men — those are true words — a more sublime glory than the Ullar <gods> of the animals of the wave [SHIPS > SEAFARERS] know how to ask for in words. May the owners of the speech of giants [GOLD > PEOPLE] receive at the Last Judgement the highest honour with holy Christ, so that it never ends, for a beautiful repentance.

notes and context

[5]: Kahle, Finnur Jónsson (Skj B), and Kock (Skald) emend eigendurna ‘the owners’ (with suffixed def. art.) to eigendur ‘owners’; Sperber emends to eigendur ná, arguing that hæstri tígn ‘the highest honour’ is the object of the verb ‘obtain’.



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 50: AII, 526, BII, 581-2, Skald II, 321, Kahle 1898, 77, 109, Sperber 1911, 54-5, 83.


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