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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;

III. Fragments (Frag) - 6

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.

Fragments — HSt FragIII

Edith Marold with the assistance of Vivian Busch, Jana Krüger, Ann-Dörte Kyas and Katharina Seidel, translated from German by John Foulks 2017, ‘ Hallar-Steinn, Fragments’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 202. <> (accessed 25 June 2022)

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Skj: Hallar-Steinn: 2. a. Af et digt om en kvinde (AI, 552-3, BI, 534-5); stanzas (if different): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

in texts: Gramm, LaufE, LaufE, Skm, SnE, TGT

SkP info: III, 202

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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.

2. A - 5v/8-5v/8 (VEÞ)
Holmleggiar vinnr hilmir hringskǫglar mik þǫglan .
W - 105/10-105/11 (TW)
holmleggiar viðr hilmír hring-skǫglar mik þǫg|lan.
3. R - 33r/14-33r/16
Svalteigar mvn seliv | sallz viðblinda galltar raf kastandi rastar rey(r)þvengs mvna | lengi
A - 10r/34-10r/35 (VEÞ)
Svalteigar man ec sæliv sallz | viðblinnis galltar rafkastandi rastar ræyr þvængs mvna længi .
4. R - 33r/24-33r/25
Þu mvnt fvrs sem fleiri | flods hirþi sif troþar grnn v gæfv þiɴi griotz hiadninga briotaz
A - 10v/8-10v/9 (VEÞ)
þv mant fvrs sæm flæiri floðs hirðisif troðvr grvnn | v gæfv þinni griotz heaðninga briotaz .
5. R - 33r/22-33r/24
Ec | hefi odar lokri avlstafna þer skafna vetz mork skala verki vandr | stefknaʀarar branda
A - 10v/6-10v/8 (VEÞ)
Æk hæ | fi óðar lokri ǫlstafna bil skafna væn mǫrk skala verki vandr stæfknarrar | branda .
6. papp10x - 52v/17-52v/18
hart flö huast vm snertu, hregg magnaðist Bragna | Bökar söl þar er Bukar, Benuargs, hnigu marger
7. 2368x - 133/62-133/63
Flaug enn firna Biuger, folldar negg ad Seggium | fiardelldz fleyge Nyrdir, felli skiott ad velli.
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