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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, 920

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20 — HSt Rst 20I

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 Bb Myrkt hręgg mękis eggia . meínn illa geck sveí | ní . drot hne dreyra þrvtínn . danir skvndvdv | vndan . tavdr beit tiggi rendi tvem doglíng | skoglar . hans vornn hefdizst fírnvm . holl ok frem ⸝⸝ str at ollv |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Myrkt hregg mækis eggiar | meín illa geck sveíni sꜳr fra ek drengivm dreyra danir | skvndaþv vndan   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Tandr flavg tiggi ren | di tveim dyglingum skoglar hans vegr hofz med sigri holl | ok fremstr at hollv.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Myrkt hregg mækiss eggia meínilla geck | sueíne · sa?r fra ek dreíngum dreyra · danir skund | uþv vndan ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Tandr flaug tiggi rendí · tueím doglingum skaug | la · hans uegr hofz med sigri · haull ok fremzstr at | aullv ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Myʀkt hregg mękiss eggia . meín illa | geck sveíní . sar fra ek dreíngivm dreyra . daner | skvndvdv vndan.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Gandr flꜹg tiggi | rendi . teím dꜹglíngvm skꜹglar hans vegr . hofz | m sigri . hꜹll ok fremstr at ollv.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Myrkt hregg mækís eggiar meín | illa gek sueíní sár fra ek dreíngínn dreyra danir skundadv undan |   [VEÞ]  edit 

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