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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, 910

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12 — HSt Rst 12I

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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 Haf glod hilmír sadi . hialldr | rikr ok gaf skiolldv . stett hríngs | stofnvm vetti . sticka vopnn ok skickivr . storradr | steinda kno᷎rrv stillír feck ok ecki . hilldíngs | hęfi milldi . hann var r[...] konvngs manna |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Haf gloð hilmir sꜳði . hialldr | rikr ok gaf skialldir . stett hrings sto᷎fnum ueitti . sticka vápn ok | skickívr . stor raðr steínda kno᷎rv . stillir feck en ecki . hilldings | hæfði milldi . hann er rikstr konung manna .   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Hafglod hilmir sꜳdi hialld | rikr ok gaf skialldar ste?tthrings stǫfnum | ueítti sticka vapn ok skickíur storradr stein | da knǫrʀv stillir feck en ecki hilldings | hæfdi milldi hann er rikstr konungs ma?nna |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Hafglod hil | mir sadi · hialldrrikr ok gaf skialldar · stíett || hrings stofnvm veítti · sticka vapn ok skickiur · storradr | steínda knorrv · stillir feck en ecki · hilldíngs hæfdí | milldi . hann er rikzstr kongmanna ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Hafglod hilmír sadi. hiall | drikr ok gaf skialldar. stiett hríngs stofnvm | veitti. sticka vopn ok skickivr. storradr steínda | knorrv. stillír feck en ecki. hilldings hafdi | milldi. hann er rikzstr konung manna.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Haf glod hilmir sade · hialld ʀikr ok | gaf skiolldu stett hrings sto᷎fnnum væitte stikka uopn ok skikkíur | storradur stæínda knorru stillír fek en ekki hilldíngs hárre mill | de hann er ʀikstr konungmanna ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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