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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, ‘ 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. <> (accessed 25 June 2022)

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Skj: Hallar-Steinn: 1. Rekstefja (AI, 543-52, BI, 525-34); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5

SkP info: I, 921

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21 — HSt Rst 21I

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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 Jtr jarl eínkar snarla endr fím ski | pvm rendi . þess mannz þridia sínní þrenna storms | at ormí. ben let bordvzst ytar brynskidiss vidvm | svida . hyrnníngr heiptar giornvm . hann var fręmstr konvng ⸝⸝ manna |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Ben let bo᷎rðuz ytar . brynskiðs viðum sviða . hyrningr | heiptar gio᷎rnum . hann er rikstr konung manna.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Jtr Jarll einkar snarla endr .v. skipum rendí þrek | manz · þridia sinni þremía storms at ormi ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Jtr iarl eínkar snarla | endr fimm skipum rendi · þess mannz þridia sinní | þrenna storms at ormæ ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Ben let baurduz ytar | brynskidiss vidum suída · hyrníngr heiptar giornum | hann er rikzstr kong manna ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Jtr Jarl eínkar sníarla . endr fím | skipvm ręndi . þess mannz þridia sínní þrenna storms | at ormé.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Ben let bor | dvzst ytar. brynskidis vidvm svida. hyrnníngr heiptar | giornvm hann er rikzstr konung manna.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat þa er iarll æinkar snarlla endr fimm skipum ʀendi | þrek mannz þridea sínne þremía storms at orme ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Ben let borduzst ytar brynskids vidum s | uída hyrningr heiptar gíornum · hann er æzstr konungs manna ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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