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Kálf Kátr 7VII

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

Kálfr HallssonKátrínardrápa
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málma ‘of weapons’

malmr (noun m.; °-s, dat. -i; -ar): metal

kennings

skýran fremjanda málma
‘the clever promoter of weapons ’
   = WARRIOR

the clever promoter of weapons → WARRIOR
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skýran ‘the clever’

skýrr (adj.): clear

kennings

skýran fremjanda málma
‘the clever promoter of weapons ’
   = WARRIOR

the clever promoter of weapons → WARRIOR
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fremjanda ‘promoter’

fremjandi (noun m.): [promoter]

[2] fremjanda: fremjandi all

kennings

skýran fremjanda málma
‘the clever promoter of weapons ’
   = WARRIOR

the clever promoter of weapons → WARRIOR
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temja ‘practise’

temja (verb): tame

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heilög ‘the holy’

heilagr (adj.; °helgan; compar. -ari, superl. -astr): holy, sacred

kennings

heilög skorða báls hrannar
‘the holy prop of the fire of the wave ’
   = WOMAN

the fire of the wave → GOLD
the holy prop of the GOLD → WOMAN
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gjörði ‘prepared’

1. gera (verb): do, make

[3] gjörði: kvaddi all

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skorða ‘prop’

1. skorða (noun f.; °-u; -ur): prop

kennings

heilög skorða báls hrannar
‘the holy prop of the fire of the wave ’
   = WOMAN

the fire of the wave → GOLD
the holy prop of the GOLD → WOMAN
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hrannar ‘of the wave’

hrǫnn (noun f.; °; dat. -um): wave

kennings

heilög skorða báls hrannar
‘the holy prop of the fire of the wave ’
   = WOMAN

the fire of the wave → GOLD
the holy prop of the GOLD → WOMAN
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hrannar ‘of the wave’

hrǫnn (noun f.; °; dat. -um): wave

kennings

heilög skorða báls hrannar
‘the holy prop of the fire of the wave ’
   = WOMAN

the fire of the wave → GOLD
the holy prop of the GOLD → WOMAN
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báls ‘of the fire’

bál (noun n.; °-s; -): fire

kennings

heilög skorða báls hrannar
‘the holy prop of the fire of the wave ’
   = WOMAN

the fire of the wave → GOLD
the holy prop of the GOLD → WOMAN
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báls ‘of the fire’

bál (noun n.; °-s; -): fire

kennings

heilög skorða báls hrannar
‘the holy prop of the fire of the wave ’
   = WOMAN

the fire of the wave → GOLD
the holy prop of the GOLD → WOMAN
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aldri ‘Never’

aldri (adv.): never

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laga ‘of laws’

lag (noun n.; °-s; *-): layer; (pl.) law

kennings

greinir laga’,
‘elucidator of laws’, ’
   = RULER

elucidator of laws’, → RULER
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greinir ‘elucidator’

greinir (noun m.): [elucidator]

kennings

greinir laga’,
‘elucidator of laws’, ’
   = RULER

elucidator of laws’, → RULER
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In the prose saga (Unger 1877, I, 401-5; Wolf 2003, 124-7) Catherine embarks upon a very lengthy sermon-like debate with Maxentius, the substance of which covers sts 7-11, though not in such a direct fashion as in the poem.

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