Runic Dictionary

login: password: stay logged in: help

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, 917

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

17 — HSt Rst 17I

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance

 

The following text is from a superseded edition and is not the work of the editor(s) named on this page. It is included for reference only. Do not refer to this site when using this text but rather consult the original edition (Skj where relevant).

Grár reif, gerðu drífu
(gall brandr við slǫg) randa,
trǫlls marr trýni sollin
tveir nafnar, hræ (jafnan);
s?nskr herr sigri þorrinn,
(sverð beit) en fló peita,
hríð óx, (hǫlða) flýði.
Hǫll ok fremstr at ǫllu.

texts: Flat 340, ÓT 171

editions: Skj Hallar-Steinn: 1. Rekstefja 17 (AI, 547; BI, 529); Skald I, 257, NN §§1178-9; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 270 (ch. 250), Flat 1860-8, I, 484; SHI 3, 254-7, CPB II, 297-8, Wisén 1886-9, I, 48, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 244-8.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 112ra, 11 - 112ra, 14  transcr.  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 64va, 8 - 64va, 11 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 64rb, 38 - 64va, 2 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 100ra, 15 - 100ra, 19 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 64va, 50 - 64va, 53 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
© 2008-