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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, 930

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29 — HSt Rst 29I

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lemmatised words

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af (prep.) ‘from...’ — 29/8

2bjóðr (noun m.) ‘inviter...’bjóðs 29/3

borð (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘side, plank, board; table...’ — 29/8, borðs 29/4

brandr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘sword, prow; fire...’branda 29/7

dáð (noun f.) [°; -ir] ‘feat, deed...’ — 29/1

dáðstyrkr (adj.)Dáðstyrk 29/1

dolg (noun n.) ‘battle, enemy...’ — 29/2

dolgminnigr (adj.)dolgminnigs 29/2

dýrð (noun f.) [°-ar/-a(NoDipl(1279) 44²ˆ); -ir] ‘glory...’dýrðar 29/1

fjórði (num. ordinal) ‘fourth...’fjorðu 29/4

1fregna (verb) ‘hear of...’frôgum 29/5

fyr (prep.) ‘for, over, because of, etc....’ — 29/8

harðleygr (noun m.)Harðleygs 29/5

harðr (adj.) [°comp. -ari; superl. -astr] ‘hard, harsh...’Harð 29/5

1hrinda (verb) ‘launch, propell...’ — 29/5

hríð (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir] ‘time, storm...’hríðar 29/3

hvatlyndr (adj.)hvatlyndum 29/6

hvatr (adj.) [°-ari, -an; -astr] ‘keen, brave...’hvat 29/6

2inn (art.) ‘the...’in 29/4

inna (verb) ‘to pay, discharge, relate, tell; to anno...’ — 29/2

1leygr (noun m.) ‘flame...’leygs 29/5

1lundr (noun m.) [°-ar, dat. -i/-; -ar] ‘grove, tree...’lund* 29/7

lyndr (adj.) [°superl. -astr] ‘minded...’lyndum 29/6

1merki (noun n.) [°-s: -] ‘banner, sign...’ — 29/1

minnigr (adj.) [°compar. minngari, superl. -astr/minngastr] ‘mindful...’minnigs 29/2

ormr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘serpent...’Ormi 29/8

skelfihríð (noun f.)skelfihríðar 29/3

skelfir (noun m.) ‘terrifier...’skelfi 29/3

skulu (verb) ‘shall, should, must...’skalk 29/2

ský (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘cloud...’ — 29/3

skýbjóðr (noun m.)skýbjóðs 29/3

Skǫgul (noun f.) ‘Skǫgul...’Skǫglar 29/4

stirðr (adj.) ‘stiff...’stirðra 29/7

stormr (noun m.) [°-s; -ar] ‘storm...’storms 29/8

2styrkr (adj.) ‘powerful, strong...’styrk 29/1

styrlundr (noun m.)styrlund* 29/7

styrr (noun m.) [°dat. -] ‘battle...’styr 29/7

Þórkell (noun m.) ‘[Þorkell]...’Þorkatli 29/6


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