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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, 915

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16 — HSt Rst 16I

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Cite as: Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 16’ 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. 915.

Raunskjótt ræsir hitti
— rít vasa friðr at líta —
— sól rauð Svǫlnis éla —
senn dǫglinga þrenna.
Fimtán fjǫrnis mána
fleygjendr at gram renndu
Ekkils ýtiblǫkkum.
Óláfr und veg sólar.

Raunskjótt hitti ræsir senn þrenna dǫglinga; friðr vasa rít at líta; rauð {sól {éla Svǫlnis}}. {Fleygjendr {mána fjǫrnis}} renndu {fimtán ýtiblǫkkum Ekkils} at gram. Óláfr und {veg sólar} …

Rapidly indeed the ruler encountered three princes at the same time; peace was not to be seen for the shield; [he] reddened {the sun {of the storms of Svǫlnir <= Óðinn>}} [BATTLES > SWORD]. {Throwers {of the moon of the helmet}} [SWORD > WARRIORS] steered {fifteen surging steeds of Ekkill <sea-king>} [SHIPS] against the king. Óláfr under {the path of the sun} [SKY] …

texts: Flat 327, Flat 337, ÓT 168, ÓT 172

editions: Skj Hallar-Steinn: 1. Rekstefja 16 (AI, 547; BI, 529); Skald I, 257, NN §1177; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 269, 271 (ch. 250), Flat 1860-8, I, 479, 484; SHI 3, 254-5, CPB II, 297, Wisén 1886-9, I, 48, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 241-4. 

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 112ra, 7 - 112ra, 10  transcr.  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 64rb, 39 - 64va, 1 [5-8] (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 64va, 6 - 64va, 8 [1-4] (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 64rb, 21 - 64rb, 23 [5-8] (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 100ra, 23 - 100ra, 25 [1-4] (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 99vb, 38 - 100ra, 1 [5-8] (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 64ra, 17 - 64ra, 19 [1-4] (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 64va, 38 - 64va, 39 [5-8] (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
N B57 (N B57) A - A [7-7]  transcr.  
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