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, 902

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5 — HSt Rst 5I

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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 Olafr allra iofra ottlꜹst . ok | nam bríota . varghollr viarnda borgir vestr || hernad rak mestan . hręlínnr hveriv sínní hlíom | vóttandi knatti . sóknbradr sigri rada svol ⸝⸝ nísdoms i romv |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Olafr allra iofra || allfliott ok reð briota . varghollr vinda borgir . uestr hern rak mestan . | hræ linnz hueriu sinni hlióm vattandi matti . sann froðr sigri raða suo᷎lnis | doms í romu.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Olafr | allra iofra . allflíott ok reð bríota . varghollr vinda | borgir . vestur hernat rak mestan . hrunduz hveriu sinni | hlióm vé??a?ttandi matti . sann fródr sigri ráða . snæ | linnz dom i romu.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Olafr allra iofra · allfliott ok red b | iota · varghollr vínda borgir · vestr hernad rak m | estan · hrunduz hueriv sinni · hliom vattandi ma | tti · sannfrodr sigri rada · suo᷎lniss doms í romv |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Olafr allra jofra all flíot ok red briota | vard hollr vínda borgir . vestr hernat rack mestann | hrunnoz huerio sinní hlíomvattandí mattí sann || frodr sigri rada svo᷎lnís doms j romo.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 62 Olafr allra iofra allflíott ok red bota varghollr vínn | da borgar vestr hernad rak mestan hręlindr hverío sínní | hliom vattandi matti san frodr sigri rada svǫlnís | doms [...] romv   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Olafr allra íofra alflío | tt ok ʀed bríota varghollr vínda borgar vestr hernat ʀak mestan hręn | adrs hueru sínne hliom uottande matte sanfrodr sigri ʀada suolnis doms | j ʀomu ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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