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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, 924

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23 — HSt Rst 23I

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 Bb Hvast skꜹt hlifar brvstv . hilldíngr or lyptíngv . sí | dan se?i?nt mvn eydaz soknstrangr ormr hínn lan | gi . Vnn eldz yppi rvnnvm eíngi kann enn sva leíngi | heggio hilmís seggia . holk ok f o ||   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Hvast skavt hlifar | brustu . hilldingr or lyptingv . siþan synt nam eyþaz . sokn strangr dre | kinn langi.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Huast skaut hlífar br | ustu · hilldingr or lyftíngu · sidan synt nam eyðaz | soknstrangr ormrínn langí ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 H | uast skaut hlifar brustu · hilldíngr or lyptíngv | sidan seínt mun eydaz · soknstrangr ormrinn langi |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Hvast skꜹt hlifar brus | tv hilldíngr or lyptíngv . sidan seint mun eydazt | soknstrangr o⸌r⸍nnr hín langi.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Huast skaut hlifar brustu hilldingrór | lyptingu sidan synt nam eydazst soknn strangr drekinn langí ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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