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, 919

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19 — HSt Rst 19I

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lemmatised words

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-ligr (adj.) ‘-ly...’lig 19/2

5at (nota) ‘to (with infinitive)...’ — 19/6

2en (conj.) ‘but, and...’ — 19/1

ferð (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir/-arMork 196¹²)] ‘host, journey...’ferðir 19/7

gangr (noun m.) ‘going, walking; course; success...’ — 19/4

1gera (verb) ‘do, make...’gerðisk 19/3

1gramr (noun m.) ‘ruler...’ — 19/3

gætir (noun m.) ‘guardian...’gætis 19/5

herr (noun m.) [°-s/-jar, dat. -; -jar, gen. -ja/herra] ‘army, host...’ — 19/5

2inn (art.) ‘the...’ — 19/4

jóti (noun m.) [°; -ar] ‘one of the Jótar...’Jóta 19/7

jǫfurr (noun m.) ‘ruler, prince...’jǫfurs 19/2

langr (adj.) [°compar. lengri, superl. lengstr] ‘long...’langa 19/4

1merki (noun n.) [°-s: -] ‘banner, sign...’merkis 19/2

Noregr (noun m.) ‘Norway...’Nóregs 19/5

nýtr (adj.) [°compar. -ri, superl. nýztr/nýtastr] ‘useful, able...’ — 19/5

nær (adv.) ‘near, almost; when...’ — 19/6

orð (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘word...’ — 19/7

orðprúðr (adj.)orðprúðs 19/7

ormr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i; -ar] ‘serpent...’Orm 19/4

Óláfr (noun m.) ‘Óláfr...’ — 19/8

prúðr (adj.) [°superl. -astr] ‘magnificent, proud...’prúðs 19/7

rimma (noun f.) [°-u] ‘battle...’rimmu 19/3

1ríða (verb) ‘ride...’reið 19/1

skjóta (verb) ‘shoot...’skaut 19/3

sól (noun f.) [°-ar, dat. -u/-; -ir] ‘sun...’sólar 19/8

1stál (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘steel, weapon, prow...’stôl 19/1

sterkligr (adj.) ‘strong...’sterklig 19/2

sterkr (adj.) ‘strong...’sterk 19/2

stǫng (noun f.) [°stangar, dat. -u; stangir/stengr] ‘pole...’ — 19/1

syngja (verb) ‘sing...’sungu 19/1

særa (verb) ‘wound...’ — 19/6

trauðr (adj.) ‘reluctant...’ — 19/6

1um (prep.) ‘about, around...’ — 19/4

3und (prep.) ‘under, underneath...’ — 19/8

1vegr (noun m.) [°-s/-ar, dat. -i/-; -ar/-ir, gen. -a/-na, acc. -a/-i/-u] ‘way, path, side...’veg 19/8

2vera (verb) ‘be, is, was, were, are, am...’vasa 19/6


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