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, 920

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

20 — HSt Rst 20I

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lemmatised words

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allr (adj.) ‘all...’ǫllu 20/8

3at (prep.) ‘at, to...’ — 20/8

bíta (verb) [°bítr; beit, bitu; bitinn] ‘bite...’beit 20/5

danr (noun m.) [°dat. -; -ir] ‘Dane...’Danir 20/4

dreyri (noun m.) [°-a] ‘blood...’dreyra 20/3

1drótt (noun f.) ‘troop...’ — 20/3

dǫglingr (noun m.) [°; -ar] ‘king, ruler...’dǫglingum 20/6

1egg (noun f.) [°-jar, dat. -ju/-(var. [$1655$]: AM 75 c fol “75 c”, etc.)/-i([$1656$], cf. [$1654$] 243-244); -jar/-jur([$1657$] 16¹³n.)] ‘edge, blade...’eggja 20/1

framr (adj.) [°compar. framari/fremri, superl. framastr/fremstr] ‘outstanding, foremost...’fremstr 20/8

2ganga (verb) [geng, gekk, gengu, genginn] ‘walk, go...’gekk 20/2

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’hans 20/7

hníga (verb) ‘sink, fall...’hné 20/3

hollr (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘loyal...’Hollr 20/8

hregg (noun n.) ‘storm...’ — 20/1

2hœfa (verb) ‘hit, suit, befit...’hœfðisk 20/7

meinilla (adv.) ‘[very badly]...’ — 20/2

2myrkr (adj.) [°-an/-jan/-van; compar. -(v)ari/-ri, superl. -(v)astr] ‘dark, murky...’Myrkt 20/1

mækir (noun m.) ‘sword...’mækis 20/1

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’ — 20/8

3renna (verb) ‘let run (weak)...’renndi 20/5

skunda (verb) ‘hasten...’skunduðu 20/4

Skǫgul (noun f.) ‘Skǫgul...’Skǫglar 20/6

2Sveinn (noun m.) ‘Sveinn...’Sveini 20/2

tandr (noun m.) ‘[flame]...’ — 20/5

tiggi (noun m.) [°-ja] ‘king...’ — 20/5

tveir (num. cardinal) ‘two...’tveim 20/6

undan (adv.) ‘away, away from...’ — 20/4

vǫrn (noun f.) [°varnar; varnir] ‘defence...’ — 20/7

þrútinn (adj./verb p.p.) ‘swollen...’þrútin 20/3

unlemmatised words — firnum (20)


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