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Runic Dictionary

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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, ‘ 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 26 September 2021)

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, 928

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26 — HSt Rst 26I

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lemmatised words

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1annarr (pron.) [°f. ǫnnur, n. annat; pl. aðrir] ‘(an)other, second...’ǫðrum 26/8

4at (conj.) ‘that...’ — 26/2

1fregna (verb) ‘hear of...’frák 26/2

fremja (verb) ‘advance, perform...’framði 26/7

fœrr (adj.) ‘capable...’fœrri 26/8

1gramr (noun m.) ‘ruler...’grams 26/6

1hamarr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. hamri; hamrar] ‘hammer, cliff...’hamri 26/6

hauss (noun m.) [°hauss, dat. hausi/haus; hausar] ‘skull...’haus 26/3

hermargr (adj.) ‘a great deal...’Hermart 26/5

herr (noun m.) [°-s/-jar, dat. -; -jar, gen. -ja/herra] ‘army, host...’Her 26/5

hirð (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir/-ar(FskB— 53‡)] ‘retinue...’ — 26/4

hirðmaðr (noun m.) ‘retainer...’hirðmeðr 26/4

hjǫrr (noun m.) ‘sword...’hjǫrva 26/5

1hringr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -; -ar] ‘ring; sword...’hringi 26/3

hvárr (pron.) ‘who, which, what, whether...’ — 26/6

í (prep.) ‘in, into...’ — 26/6

konungr (noun m.) [°dat. -i, -s; -ar] ‘king...’konungs 26/4

láta (verb) ‘let, have sth done...’lézk 26/6

ljóss (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘bright...’ljósum 26/3

maðr (noun m.) ‘man, person...’manns 26/3, meðr 26/4, menn 26/2

2margr (adj.) [°-an] ‘many...’mart 26/5

rofna (verb) ‘broken...’ — 26/1

snyrtir (noun m.) ‘polisher...’ — 26/5

stafn (noun m.) [°dat. -i/-; -ar] ‘prow...’stafns 26/1

stillir (noun m.) ‘ruler...’ — 26/7

stórr (adj.) ‘large, great...’stœrra 26/8

styrremðr (adj./verb p.p.) ‘[battle-mighty]...’ — 26/7

tvennr (adj.) ‘two...’tvenna 26/2

2valr (noun m.) [°-s] ‘falcon...’Val 26/1

valstafn (noun m.)Valstafns 26/1

veðja (verb) ‘[bet]...’ — 26/4

1vita (verb) ‘know...’viti 26/2

vættki (noun n.) [°vettugis/vettergis, dat. vettugi] ‘nothing...’vætki 26/1


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