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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 18 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, 930

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29 — HSt Rst 29I

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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 Dreyr serks dyrdar merki dað mínnigs skal ek | jnna . skybiods skelfi ridar . skoglar bor | ðs en f?i?ordv . hardleygs hrínda fragvm | hvatlyndvm þorkatli . stvrlvndr stidra branda | storms fer bord af ormí.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Dað styrk dyrþar | merki . dolg minnigs fet ek inna . sky biods skelfi hridar . sko᷎glar | borðz hin fiorðu . hart skyndir nam hrinda hvatlyndum þor . | katli . stor lyndr stírðra branda . storms fyrir borð ꜳ ormi.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Daðstyrk dyrðar merkí · dolgmin | nígs fet ek ínna · skybioðs skíalfa hríðar skꜹ | glar borðz fer ínn fíorðu · hart skunndíʀ nam hrínn | da huatlyndum þorkatlí · storlynndr stírdra brannda | storm fyrir borð a ormí ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Daþstyrk dy | rdar merki · dolgmenninngs fet ek ínna · skybiods skelfi | hridar · skauglar bordz ín fiordv · hart skyndir | nam hrinda · huatskyndvm þorkatli · storlyndr strid | ra branda · storms fyrir bord af orme ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Dað stvrk | dyrdar merki . dolgmenn inngs fet ek nna. skybiods skel | fi hrídar . skvglar bordz hín fiordv. hart skyndir | nam hrínda . huat[...]ndvm þorkattli . storlyndr | stridra branda . storms fer bord a ormí.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Dad styrk | dyrdar merki dolgmennis fet ek inna skybíods skelfur hridar | sko᷎glar bordz hín hín fíordu hodd skynde fra hrinda huat | lyndr þorkatli storlyndr stry?dra branda storms fer bord af ormí |   [VEÞ]  edit 

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