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, 918

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18 — HSt Rst 18I

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lemmatised words

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1annarr (pron.) [°f. ǫnnur, n. annat; pl. aðrir] ‘(an)other, second...’annat 18/2

3at (prep.) ‘at, to...’ — 18/2

1árr (noun m.) [°dat. ár; ǽrir/árar, acc. áru] ‘messenger...’ærir 18/1

borð (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘side, plank, board; table...’borða 18/3

danskr (adj.) ‘Danish...’ — 18/5

1drótt (noun f.) ‘troop...’ — 18/6

dýrr (adj.) [°compar. -ri/-ari, superl. -str/-astr] ‘precious...’dýran 18/5

falla (verb) ‘fall...’fell 18/7

flaust (noun n.) ‘ship...’flausta 18/4

gjalla (verb) ‘to scream, shriek; to repay, return, pay...’gullu 18/7

gnaust (noun n.) ‘[noise]...’ — 18/4

grimmr (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘fierce...’grimmt 18/3

Gǫndul (noun f.) ‘[Gǫndul, Göndul]...’Gǫndlar 18/3

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’ — 18/8

1harri (noun m.) [°-a] ‘lord...’harra 18/5

herr (noun m.) [°-s/-jar, dat. -; -jar, gen. -ja/herra] ‘army, host...’ — 18/5

hirð (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir/-ar(FskB— 53‡)] ‘retinue...’ — 18/7

hníga (verb) ‘sink, fall...’hné 18/6

hrafn (noun m.) [°hrafns; dat. hrafni; hrafnar] ‘raven...’hrafnar 18/7

konungmaðr (noun m.) ‘king...’konungmanna 18/8

konungr (noun m.) [°dat. -i, -s; -ar] ‘king...’konung 18/8

leggja (verb) ‘put, lay...’lǫgðu 18/1

linni (noun m.) ‘serpent...’Linna 18/2

maðr (noun m.) ‘man, person...’manna 18/8

2margr (adj.) [°-an] ‘many...’mǫrg 18/6

ríkr (adj.) ‘mighty, powerful, rich...’ríkstr 18/8

sextigi (num. cardinal) ‘[sixty]...’sextigum 18/4

2sinn (noun n.) [°?dat. -] ‘time...’ — 18/2

sœkja (verb) ‘seek, attack...’sótti 18/6

2vera (verb) ‘be, is, was, were, are, am...’vas 18/8

1verða (verb) ‘become, be...’varð 18/3

þars (conj.) ‘where...’ — 18/6

ǫrbragð (noun n.) ‘[arrow-flight]...’Ǫrbragðs 18/1

 

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