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Kálf Kátr 22VII

Kirsten Wolf (ed.) 2007, ‘Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa 22’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 945-6.

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
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Keisarans ‘of the emperor’

keisari (noun m.; °-a; -ar): emperor

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Kátrínu ‘Catherine’

Kátrína (noun f.): [Catherine]

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bauga ‘of rings’

baugr (noun m.; °dat. -i/-; -ar): ring

kennings

Hlökk bauga
‘the Hlökk of rings ’
   = WOMAN

the Hlökk of rings → WOMAN
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Hlökk ‘the Hlökk’

2. Hlǫkk (noun f.): Hlǫkk

kennings

Hlökk bauga
‘the Hlökk of rings ’
   = WOMAN

the Hlökk of rings → WOMAN
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Brekku ‘slope’

brekka (noun f.; °-u; -ur): slope

kennings

brekku elda síka
‘the slope of the fires of ditches ’
   = WOMAN

the fires of ditches → GOLD
the slope of the GOLD → WOMAN
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veldis ‘realm’

veldi (noun n.): realm

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síka ‘of ditches’

sík (noun n.; °-s; -): fish, ?channel

[8] síka: sík all

kennings

brekku elda síka
‘the slope of the fires of ditches ’
   = WOMAN

the fires of ditches → GOLD
the slope of the GOLD → WOMAN
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síka ‘of ditches’

sík (noun n.; °-s; -): fish, ?channel

[8] síka: sík all

kennings

brekku elda síka
‘the slope of the fires of ditches ’
   = WOMAN

the fires of ditches → GOLD
the slope of the GOLD → WOMAN
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elda ‘of the fires’

eldr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i/-(HómÍsl¹‰(1993) 24v²⁴); -ar): fire

kennings

brekku elda síka
‘the slope of the fires of ditches ’
   = WOMAN

the fires of ditches → GOLD
the slope of the GOLD → WOMAN
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elda ‘of the fires’

eldr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i/-(HómÍsl¹‰(1993) 24v²⁴); -ar): fire

kennings

brekku elda síka
‘the slope of the fires of ditches ’
   = WOMAN

the fires of ditches → GOLD
the slope of the GOLD → WOMAN
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In the prose account, the emperor’s wife enlists the help of the knight (riddari) Porphyry (see st. 26) to gain access to Catherine, and he bribes the prison guards at night (Unger 1877, I, 409-10; Wolf 2003, 132).

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