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, 924

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23 — HSt Rst 23I

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Cite as: Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 23’ 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. 924.

Hvasst skaut — hlífar brustu —
hildingr ór lyptingu
síðan (seint mun eyðask)
sóknstrangr (Drekinn langi).
Unnelds yppirunnum
engi kann enn * lengi
heg*ju hilmis seg*ja.
Hollr ok fremstr at ǫllu.

 

Then the attack-strong ruler [Óláfr] shot fiercely from the raised deck; shields shattered; late will Drekinn langi (‘the Long Serpent’) be cleared [of men]. No one can still for a long time tell {the lifting trees {of wave-fire}} [GOLD > MEN] about the condition of the ruler. Faithful and foremost in all things

context: Only the first helmingr is in ÓT, and it follows a description of the battle that now rages on Ormr inn langi, with Óláfr hurling spears from the raised deck. 

notes: [8]: This is the final appearance of the split refrain, on which see Note to st. 9/8. The line is abbreviated in the ms., but the full version is supplied from st. 11/8.

texts: Flat 353, ÓT 187 [1-4]

editions: Skj Hallar-Steinn: 1. Rekstefja 23 (AI, 549; BI, 531); Skald I, 258; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 284-5 (ch. 255), Flat 1860-8, I, 491; SHI 3, 260-1, CPB II, 298, Wisén 1886-9, I, 49, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 262-4.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 112ra, 35 - 112ra, 38  transcr.  image  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 68vb, 23 - 68vb, 25 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 53 fol (53) 65ra, 29 - 65ra, 31 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 66rb, 24 - 66rb, 26 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 101vb, 35 - 101vb, 37 [1-4] (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 65va, 33 - 65va, 34 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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