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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 17 May 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, 922

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22 — HSt Rst 22I

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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 Rann haʀri reíns lꜹka rogsvellir bad fella | styʀ þreifz stęʀi aska . strangr a ormínn langa . ętt | storr ella mętti . eirikr j dyn geíra olínn alldri | vínna . olaf vnd vegh solar. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Rꜳn siks remmi lauka . rog svellir bad fella . styʀ þreifsk stæ | ri aska . strangr ꜳ orminn langa . ætt stoʀ ella matti Eirikr i dyn || geíra . o᷎flinn alldri vinna . olafr vnd veḡ solar.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Ran haʀri reíns lauka · rogsuellir vad fella · styʀr | þreifz stæʀri aska · strangr a orminn langa · ætt | storr ella matti · Eirikr i dyn geira · olínn alldri | vínna · olaf vnd veg solar ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Rann | haʀi roíns lꜹka . rogsuellír bad fella styʀ | þreifz stęʀi aska strangr a orminn langa . ętt stor | ella mętti. eirikr j dyn geíra olín alldri vínna | olaf vnd ueg solar.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Rans ʀiki ʀemmi lauka ʀauk spellir bat fella styrs | stærrí haska strangr a orminn langa ætt storr ella mattí æirikr j dyn gæíra jtrann alldri vínna olafr vnd veg solar   [VEÞ]  edit 

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