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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, 927

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25 — HSt Rst 25I

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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 Tver senn tiggia vínnor . tel ek | þęrr er ek veit smęʀí . gnylínnz . gondlar . rvn | na . gramr j drottir framði . hyrbaldr | hvitra skialda . handsꜹxvm lek vandla . | fleínriodr flestar dadír frar ok geck at árvm |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Tvær senn tiggia vinnvr tel ek þær ek ueít | færi . gunn elldz geymir vnna . gramr i þrottir framði . hníg balldr huí | tra skiallda . hand so᷎xum leek vandla . fleín rioðr flestra dꜳða frár | ok geck ꜳ? ꜳ?rum. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Tue?ʀ senn tiggia vinnvʀ · tel ek þe?ʀ er | ríett færí · gunnelldz geymi ʀunnaʀ · gramr iþr | ottir framðí · hnígballdr hvitra skíallda · handso | xum líek vanndla · fleínríoðr flestra daða | fraʀr ok geck a arum · |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Tuær senn tiggia vínnur · tel ek þær er veit fæʀri | gunnelldz geymi runna · gramr iþrottir framde · h | nígballdr huita skiallda · handsauxvm lek vandla | fleínriodr flestra dada · frar ok geck a a?rum ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Tv́ęr senn tiggia vínnur | tel ek þęr er veit fȧʀi gvnnellz geymí rvnna | gramr j drottir framdi . hnígballdr hvitar skiallda. | handsꜷxvm lek vandla fleínriodr flestra dada | frar ok geck a arvm.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Tvær senn tiggia uínnur tel ek þær er ek uæít færre gunn elldz g | eymí ʀimma gramr jþrottir framde hníg balldr huítra skiallda · | handso᷎xum lek vandla fleín ríodr flestra dada frar ok gekk a ꜳ́rum |   [VEÞ]  edit 

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