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Kálf Kátr 24VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 24’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 946-7.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
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Drottins tjáði dýrsta háttu
dýrlig ambátt himna stýris,
Rínar báls svá að raungum greinum
Rist hafnaði en játti Kristi.
Síðan töluðu sætur báðar
sómlundaðar af góðu tómi
alla nótt um eingla stillis
orð og verk, þau er guðdóm merkja.

{Dýrlig ambátt {stýris himna}} tjáði dýrsta háttu drottins, svá að {Rist {Rínar báls}} hafnaði raungum greinum, en játti Kristi. Síðan töluðu báðar sómlundaðar sætur af góðu tómi alla nótt um orð og verk {stillis eingla}, þau er merkja guðdóm.

{The glorious handmaid {of the king of the heavens}} [= God > HOLY WOMAN] related the most glorious deeds of the Lord, so that {the Rist <valkyrie> {of the Rhine’s fire}} [GOLD > ] discarded false beliefs, and acknowledged Christ. Subsequently, both honourable-minded women spoke at good leisure all night about the words and deeds {of the ruler of angels} [= God], which signify the Godhead.

Mss: 713(131), 399a-bˣ(14), 920ˣ(215v-216r)

Readings: [8] orð: so 399a‑bˣ, ‘or’ 713, 920ˣ

Editions: Skj AII, 521, Skj BII, 575, Skald II, 316, Kahle 1898, 72, 107, Sperber 1911, 48, 81.

Notes: [4] Rist: The spelling Rist (for Hrist, cf. st. 29/1) is clearly for alliterative purposes. — [5-8]: These ll. summarise a long exchange between Catherine and the empress in the prose text (Unger 1877, I, 410-12; Wolf 2003, 132-4).

References

  1. Bibliography
  2. Unger, C. R., ed. 1877. Heilagra manna søgur. Fortællinger og legender om hellige mænd og kvinder. 2 vols. Christiania (Oslo): Bentzen.
  3. Skald = Kock, Ernst Albin, ed. 1946-50. Den norsk-isländska skaldediktningen. 2 vols. Lund: Gleerup.
  4. Sperber, Hans, ed. 1911. Sechs isländische Gedichte legendarischen Inhalts. Uppsala Universitets årsskrift, filosofi, språkvetenskap och historiska vetenskaper 2. Uppsala: Akademische Buchdruckerei Edv. Berling.
  5. Wolf, Kirsten, ed. 2003. Heilagra meyja sögur. Íslenzk trúarrit 1. Reykjavík: Bókmenntafræðistofnun Háskóla Íslands.
  6. Kahle, Bernhard, ed. 1898. Isländische geistliche Dichtungen des ausgehenden Mittelalters. Heidelberg: Winter.
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