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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Hallar-Steinn (HSt)

12th century; volume 1; ed. Rolf Stavnem;

1. Rekstefja (Rst) - 35

Skj info: Hallar-Steinn, Islandsk skjald, 12. årh. (AI, 543-53, BI, 525-35).

Skj poems:
1. Rekstefja
2. a. Af et digt om en kvinde
2. b. Af et digt om Skáldhelgi(?)

Nothing is known about this skald (HSt) except what can be deduced from his nickname, which has been identified with the farm-name Höll, in Þverárhlíð, Mýrasýsla, western Iceland (Finnur Jónsson 1907, 185), and from the poetry attributed to him. His main extant work is the drápa Rekstefja (HSt Rst), whose ambitious praise of Óláfr Tryggvason might well point to Iceland at the end of the twelfth century or somewhat later (see Skj, and Introduction to the poem below). Hallar-Steinn has been identified (e.g. by Wisén 1886-9, I, 143) with the eleventh-century poet Steinn Herdísarson (SteinnII), but this is implausible. HSt Frag 1, of uncertain origin but probably attributable to this poet, may also commemorate Óláfr Tryggvason, while HSt Frag 2-5III represent a love-lorn poet. These fragments are preserved only in treatises on poetics and grammar, and are therefore edited in SkP III, as are two further fragments, HSt Frag 6-7III.

Rekstefja (‘Split-refrain’) — HSt RstI

Rolf Stavnem 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 893.

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Skj: Hallar-Steinn: 1. Rekstefja (AI, 543-52, BI, 525-34); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5

SkP info: I, 918

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18 — HSt Rst 18I

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Note: The following transcriptions have been entered to aid the editing process. These may not have been fully reviewed and checked and may therefore not be reliable. You may wish to consult the manuscript images. Any corrections can be notified to the database editor.

 Bb Avrbragdz ęrit logdv . annat sínn at línna . | grimt vard gvndlat borda gnꜹst sextigvm flꜹsta . | danskr herr dyrann haʀra . drott hne · morg · þar er | sottv hirð fell hrafnar gvllv . hann var rikstr konvng manna. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Aurbragdz eʀir lǫgdu annat sinn at linna grimt vard | gaundlar borda gnavst lx flavsta danskr herʀ dyran | haʀa drott hne mǫrg þar er sotti hird fell hrafnar | gvllv hann er rikstr konvngs manna   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Aurbragdz ærít logdu · annat sinn at línna | grímt vard gaundlar borda · gnaust sextigum | flausta · danskr herʀ dyran haʀra · drott hne morg || þar er sotti · hrid fell hrafnar gullv · hann er rikz | kzst kong manna ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 325VIII 2 b Avrbra || gdz eirir . logdo . annat ovid[...] | bord vid gavndlar bord[...] | avst lxm flavsta . danskvr [...] | rann harra . drott [...]e[...] | g þar er sotti . hird [...] | fnar gvllri . hann er rikzt[...] |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Aurbragz ærir lo᷎g | du annat sínn at línna griot vard gaunnlar borda gnaust lomdumzst þar | flausta · danskr herr dyran harra drott hne morg þar er sotti hird | fell hrafnar gullu hann er ʀikstr konung manna ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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