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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Kálf Kátr 6VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 6’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 936.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa

text and translation

Blótin vildi bragningr láta
beldinn efla í sínu veldi
hvern þann brjót, er af honum girniz
heiðr að þiggja, orma leiðar.
Afarkostum liet ýtendr rastar
alla sæta skeljungs fjalla
glæstrar rekkju, ef gjöra ei treystaz,
glóða hreytir, Þór eða Óðni.

Beldinn bragningr vildi láta {hvern þann brjót {orma leiðar}}, er girniz að þiggja heiðr af honum, efla blótin í sínu veldi. {Hreytir {glóða rastar}} liet {alla ýtendr {glæstrar rekkju {skeljungs fjalla}}} sæta afarkostum, ef gjöra ei treystaz Þór eða Óðni.
‘The arrogant prince wanted to let every breaker of the serpent’s path [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN], who desires to obtain honour from him, strengthen the sacrifices in his country. The distributer of red-hot embers of the current [GOLD > GENEROUS MAN] let all the offerers of the shining bed of the whale of the mountains [SNAKE > GOLD > GENEROUS MEN] be exposed to hard conditions, if they did not trust Þórr or Óðinn.

notes and context

The substance of this st. is based loosely on the prose saga (Unger 1877, I, 400-1; Wolf 2003, 123-4), but the pre-Christian Norse gods Þórr and Óðinn are not specifically mentioned.



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 6: AII, 517-18, BII, 570, Skald II, 313; NN §2958A, Kahle 1898, 68, 105-6, Sperber 1911, 44, 79.


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