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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, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 7 December 2021)

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

SkP info: I, 908

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

10 — HSt Rst 10I

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


lemmatised words

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1egg (noun f.) [°-jar, dat. -ju/-] ‘edge, blade...’ — 10/7

eggmót (noun n.) ‘edge-meeting...’eggmóts 10/7

3eigi (adv.) ‘not...’ — 10/7

1fregna (verb) ‘hear of...’frák 10/4

fremð (noun f.) ‘honour...’fremðar 10/6

fremðarverk (noun n.)fremðarverka 10/6

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’hans 10/4

happ (noun n.) [°-s; *-] ‘fortune, luck...’hǫppum 10/3

hildingr (noun m.) [°; -ar] ‘king, ruler...’hildings 10/3

2kristna (verb) ‘to convert to Christianity...’kristnaði 10/2

land (noun n.) [°-s; *-] ‘land...’lǫnd 10/1

lítill (adj.) [°lítinn] ‘little...’lítil 10/7

maðr (noun m.) ‘man, person...’mǫnnum 10/5

1merki (noun n.) [°-s: -] ‘banner, sign...’ — 10/6

1mót (noun n.) [°; -] ‘meeting...’móts 10/7

mæringr (noun m.) ‘famous one...’Mærings 10/5

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’ — 10/2

Óláfr (noun m.) ‘Óláfr...’ — 10/8

ríki (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘kingdom, power...’ — 10/4

skyndir (noun m.) [°dat. -] ‘hastener...’ — 10/1

1skýra (verb) ‘explain, interpret...’skýrisk 10/5

2slíkr (adj.) ‘such...’slíkum 10/4

sól (noun f.) [°-ar, dat. -u/-; -ir] ‘sun...’sólar 10/8

tvenni (adj.) ‘[two]...’tvenni 10/2

3und (prep.) ‘under, underneath...’ — 10/8

valda (verb) ‘cause...’ — 10/3

1vegr (noun m.) [°-s/-ar, dat. -i/-; -ar/-ir, gen. -a/-na, acc. -a/-i/-u] ‘way, path, side...’veg 10/8

verk (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘deed...’verka 10/6

þjóð (noun f.) [°-ar, dat. -/-u; -ir] ‘people...’ — 10/1

þjóðland (noun n.) ‘empire...’Þjóðlǫnd 10/1

þremjar (noun f.) ‘parts of a sword?...’þremja 10/1

þrennr (adj.) ‘three(fold)...’þrenn 10/2


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