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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, 919

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19 — HSt Rst 19I

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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 Stro᷎ng vard stalín svngv . sterklig iofvrs merki . | gramr skꜹt giordizst rimmv . gangr vm ormmínn | langa . nytr herr noregs gętis nęr var a trꜹdr | at sęra . ord prvdr iota ferdír . olaf vnd vegh solar . |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Stong reid stalin svngv sterklig iof?or?s merki gramr | skavt giordi rimmv gangr ꜳ orminn langa nytr herʀ | noregs gætis næʀ varat travdr at særa ordprvds | iota ferdir olafr vnd veg sólar   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 straung vard stalín sungu · sterklíg iofurs merkí · | gramr skaut giordiz rimmv · gangr a ormnnn langa | nytr herr noregs gætiss · næʀr var a traudr at særa | ord prud iota ferðir · olafr vnd veg solar ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 325VIII 2 b Stravng vard stalin svngo . [...] | erklig jofvrs merki . gram ok [...] | indinn gerdizt . gangvr a orminn [...] | ga . nytvr herr noregs . sætiss [...] | nærr vara travdvr ad sæ[...] | ordprvdsota ferdir . olaf [...] | vndvegs solar.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Staungh | ʀeid stalín sungu sterklig io᷎furs merkis grami skaut gerdízst | snemma gangr a orminn langa · nytr herr noregs gætis nærr | var at traudr at sæta ords pruds íota ferdir olaf vnd ueg solar |   [VEÞ]  edit 

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