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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, 911

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13 — HSt Rst 13I

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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 Hunz nott hveria knnattv . hird menn konvngs spenna . | gylld hornn grędiss melldrar . gladr visv drack | þadra . við fręgr velia tęði vín hvskorlvm | sínvm . allvalldr eínkar milldvm olaf vnd . vegh solar |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Hvns nótt hueria knáttu . hirðmenn konungs spenna . gylld horn græðis | melldrar . glaðr visi drack þaðra . við fgr velia tæði . vín hirð | monnum sinum . allualldr einkar milldum . olafr vnd vegh solar.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Huns | nott hueria knattu hir?d?menn iof?or?s spenn | a gylld horn grædis melldrar gladr uisir | drack þadra vidfrægr velia tædi vin hird | monnum sínvm allualldr einkar milldvm ola | fr vnd veg sólar   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Huns nott hueria knattv | hirdmenn konungs at spenna · gylld horn grædiss melldrar · | gladr visir drack þadra · vidfrægr velia tædi · vín | hirdmonnum sínvm · allualldr einkar milldum · olafr vnd | veg solar ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Hvns nott hveria knattv hirdmenn konungs at sp | enna. gylld hornn grędirss melldrar gladr ví | sír drack þadra velía tędi vín hird monnum | sínvm. allvalldr eínkar milldvm olafr | vnd veg solar.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Huns nott hueria knattu hirdmenn konungs sp | enna gylld hornn grædis melldrar gladr uisir drak þadra . uíd f | frægr uelia tede vín hirdmonnum sínum allualldr æinkar milldum · olafr | und ueg solar ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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