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Hallar-Steinn (HSt)

12th century; volume 1; ed. Rolf Stavnem;

1. Rekstefja (Rst) - 35

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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35 

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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Cite as: Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 13’ 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. 911.

Húns nótt hverja knôttu
hirðmenn konungs spenna
gylld horn grœðis meldrar;
glaðr vísi drakk þaðra.
Víðfrægr velja téði
vín húskǫrlum sínum
allvaldr einkar mildum.
Óláfr und veg sólar.

 

{Every bear’s night} [WINTER] the king’s retainers gripped the gilded horns {of the ocean of flour}; [ALE] the cheerful ruler drank there. The widely famous sovereign provided wine exceptionally generously for his housecarls. Óláfr under {the path of the sun} … [SKY]

context: The stanza illustrates how the king spent his winters in generous and convivial drinking with his men.

notes: Similar praise of a ruler for generously providing for his men throughout the winter is found in Arn Þorfdr 2II, which also contains kennings for ‘winter’ and ‘ale’. — [8]: For this line of the refrain, see Note to st. 9/8.

texts: Flat 315, ÓT 141

editions: Skj Hallar-Steinn: 1. Rekstefja 13 (AI, 546; BI, 528); Skald I, 257, NN §§1175-6; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 213-14 (ch. 234), Flat 1860-8, I, 456; SHI 3, 252-3, CPB II, 297, Wisén 1886-9, I, 47, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 230-4.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 111vb, 33 - 111vb, 36  transcr.  image  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 62rb, 7 - 62rb, 9 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 60rb, 3 - 60rb, 8 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 56rb, 6 - 56rb, 10 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 91vb, 30 - 91vb, 34 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 60vb, 24 - 60vb, 27 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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