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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, 933

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31 — HSt Rst 31I

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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 Vt riodr allra | dada jarteignir vann biartar . dvergregns dreyra | męgnivm dímt j sínn id fímta sigr giarnn solv | venní senn var skrvdr med pryddvm doglíngr drottens | eínglvm dyrdar fvss j hvsi.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Avr rioðr allra daða . iarteínir gat biartar duergh | regns dyrdar magnat . dimmt isinn hit fimta . sigr giarn solu fegri | seenn var pryddr m skryddum . do᷎glíngr drottíns englum dygdar fuss i | husi.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Auʀrriod allra daþa . Jarteinar gat biartar · duergreg | ns dyrþar magnat · dímt i sinn ít fimta · sigrgia | rn solu fegri · sęnn var pryddr med skryddum · da | uglíngr drottíns eínglum · dygþar fuss i husí ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Avrʀiodr allra dada iarteinar gat biarttar | dvergrens dvrdar magnat dímt j sínn id fímta | Sigrgiarnn solv fegri sęnn var pryddr m skryddvm | daglíngr drottíns englvm dygdar fvss j hvsi.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Orriodr all | ra dada jartæígnir gaf biartar dygg ʀeggns dyrdar mo᷎gg || nut dímt j sínn hít fímta sígr giarnn solu fegri senn uar pryddr | med skryddum dogglíngr drottíns eínglum dyrdar fws j huse   [VEÞ]  edit 

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