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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, 912

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14 — HSt Rst 14I

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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 Mord bandz morgv sínní . moðþrvtinn bio . vtí | hvfr svall hrannír fellv . hverssi meídr a skei || dvm . gvllt hlyr gnoptv skalftar . gvnnfilínn let bl | ikra herrudr hofnvm fiaʀi . havll ok fremstr at ⸝⸝ ollv |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Morð linnz mo᷎rgv sinni . moð þrutinn bio vti . hvfr svall hrannir | fellu . hvessi meiðr ꜳ skeiðum . gylt hlyr gno᷎ptu skoltar . gvnn | fikinn let blikia . her ruðr ho᷎fnum fiaʀi . ho᷎ll ok fremstr at o᷎llv. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Mordlinnz mǫrgv sinni modbrutinn bio vti | hufr svall hranir fellv huessi meidr a skei | dvm gvlt hlyr gnǫptu skolptar gunn fíkinn | let blikia heʀrudr haufnvm fiaʀi haull | ok fremzstr at aullv.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Mordlínnz morgu sínní · modþrutinn bio vtí · hufr su | all hrannir fellv · huessi meidr a skeidvm · gult hlyr | gnǫptu skalptar · gunn filínn let blikra · herrudr hofnvm | fiaʀri · haull ok fremzstr at ollu ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Mord líndr morgv sínní | modþrvtínn bio vti. hvfr svall hrannír | fellv hvessi meidr a skeidvm. gylt hlyʀ || gnoptv skalptar. gvnn filínn let blickra herrvdr | hofnvm fiaʀi. hꜹll ok fremstr at ollv.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Mordlínnz morgu sínne módþrutinn suall | vti hufr suall hrannír fellu huess[...] meidr askeidum gyllt hlyr | gno᷎ptu skolltar gunn fikínn let blikia herrudr ho᷎fnum fíarre ha | ull ok fremstr at ollu ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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