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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, ‘(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, 926

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24 — HSt Rst 24I

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lemmatised words

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1annarr (pron.) [°f. ǫnnur, n. annat; pl. aðrir] ‘(an)other, second...’aðrar 24/5

5at (nota) ‘to (with infinitive)...’ — 24/2

2bjóðr (noun m.) ‘inviter...’bjóðs 24/7

dáð (noun f.) [°; -ir] ‘feat, deed...’dáðir 24/5

dœma (verb) [°-mð-] ‘judge...’ — 24/2

ek (pron.) [°mín, dat. mér, acc. mik] ‘I, me...’ — 24/6

fleiri (adj. comp.) [°superl. flestr] ‘more, most...’ — 24/8

2flóð (noun n.) ‘flood...’fl*óðs 24/1

fýsa (verb) ‘desire, encourage...’fýsumk 24/6

geirr (noun m.) ‘spear...’geira 24/8

geysitíðr (adj.) ‘[much talked-about]...’geysitíðar 24/7

gnýbjóðr (noun m.)gnýbjóðs 24/7

gnýr (noun m.) ‘din, tumult...’gný 24/7

hafa (verb) ‘have...’hefk 24/4

harða (adv.) ‘very...’ — 24/3

hér (adv.) ‘here...’hérs 24/2

hjǫrflóð (noun n.)Hjǫr*fl*óðs 24/1

hjǫrr (noun m.) ‘sword...’Hjǫr* 24/1

hnigreyr (noun n.)hnigreyrs 24/3

hníga (verb) ‘sink, fall...’hnig 24/3

hnykkimeiðr (noun m.)hnykkimeiðum 24/1

hnykkja (verb) ‘pull violently...’hnykki 24/1

2hót (noun n.) [°; -] ‘a bit...’hóti 24/8

iðvandr (adj.) ‘diligent...’Íðvands 24/5

íð (noun f.) ‘task...’ — 24/5

1lúka (verb) ‘end, close...’lokit 24/4

2lýsa (verb) ‘illuminate, show...’ — 24/6

meiðr (noun m.) ‘beam, tree...’meiðum 24/1

(adv.) ‘now...’ — 24/6

3of (prep.) ‘around, from; too...’ — 24/2

2reyr (noun n.) ‘reed...’reyrs 24/3

slœmr (noun m.) [°dat. -] ‘conclusion...’slœm 24/2

starr (adj.) ‘[stiff]...’starran 24/3

stef (noun n.) [°; -] ‘refrain...’stefjum 24/4

vandr (adj.) ‘difficult...’vands 24/5

þar (adv.) ‘there...’ — 24/4


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