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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 May 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, 930

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28 — HSt Rst 28I

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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 Hildíng hvast fra ek ga | nga hann red prvtt eptir manni . rað vandr ręsir | hendi ripr j bratta gníppv þręckleyfdr . þe | íngill hafdi þat var endr vnd hendi sigrþoll | sva barg stillir . sínn dreíng ok geck leíngra. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Hilldingh hart fra ek ganga . hann reð prvðt eptir manni . rað vandr hilmir ren | di . ríp i bratta gnípu . þrek leyfðr þengill hafði . þat var endr vnd | hendi . sigrþoll bar sva stillir . sinn dreng ok geck lengra.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Híllding hart fra ek ganga | hann ríeð pruttt eftir manní ʀaðuanndr hilmiʀ ʀendi | ʀíp ibratta gnípu · þrekleyfðr þeingíll hafði | þat var enndr vnnd · henndi · sigrþollr sva bar stilliʀ sinndr | eíng ok gieck leingra ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Hilldíng hart fra ek ganga · hann r | ied prutt ept manne · raduandr hilmir rendi rip | i bratta gnipv · þrekreyfdr þengill hafdi · þat | var endr vnd hendí · sígrþollr sva bar stillir · sínn | dreíng ok geck leíngra ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Hilldíng hart fra ek ganga hann ríed prvtt eptir | manni . radvandr hilmir rendi irip j bratta gnípv | þrekreyfdr þengill hafdi . þat var endr vnd hendi | sigrþollr sva bar stillir sínn dreíng ok geck lengra. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat H?i?llding | huort fra ek ganga hann ʀed framt eftir manni ʀadvandr hilmir ʀende | ʀíp j bratta gnípu þrekleyfdr þeingill hafde þat var endr und hende | sigr þoll suo bar stillir sínn dreíng er gek leíngra ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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