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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 22 January 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, 928

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26 — HSt Rst 26I

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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 Valstafns vacki rofna . viti menn at ek sa tvenna | hꜹs mannz hringi liosvm hird medr konvngs vedia | hermargt hiorfa snyrttir . hvarr letzt grams | j hamri . styr red stillír framdi stęʀa odrvm ⸝⸝ fęʀi |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Vask iafns vætki rofnat . víti menn at ek fra tuenna | haus mannz hringi líosvm . hirð meðr konungs veðia . her mart hio᷎rva snyrtir . hvarr | letz grams i hamri . styr remðr stillir framði . stæʀa oðrum fæʀi.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Vask íafns ve?tki | rofnat vítí menn at ek fra tuenna haus ma | nz hríngí liosum · hirðmeðr kers veðía · her mart | híorua snyrtir · huarʀ líetz grams ihamri · styr edr | stillir framði · ste?ʀa oðrum ferrí ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Vask iafns væ | tki rofnat · viti menn at ek fra tuenna · hausm | annz hríngi lausum · hird medr konung at vedía · hermart | hiorua snyrtir · huo᷎rr letz gramr i hamri · styrem | dr stillir framdi · stæʀra odrvm fæʀrí ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Vask iafns vęcki rofnat. viti | menn at ek fra tvenna . hꜷss mannz hríngi lꜷsvm hird | mędr konungs at vedia. hermart hiorfa snyrtir hvorr bet[...] | gramr j hamri styʀemdr stillír framdi . stęʀa odrvm | fęʀri.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Vask iafnn uęttkí ʀofnnadr uítí menn at ek | fra tuenna haus mannz hringe liosum hridmedr konungs uedía her mart híoru | a snyrtir huorr letzst grams j hamre styrr ʀemdr stillír framde stærr | a odrum færri   [VEÞ]  edit 

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