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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, ‘(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, 932

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30 — HSt Rst 30I

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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 Spell vann spardit | stillír spiotrvds skaða bota meínn gards margrar | jarda mikit dyrligrar skickiv . gvdvefr giordizt | Jofri . gran ok skínn a hanvm senn a svip stvnd eínn | nní sidan jofn eda fridri   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Spell vann sparðit stillir . spiot rvnnz skaða botir meín garðr mar | gra iarða mikill dyrðligri skickiu . ɢuðvefr go᷎rrþiz io᷎fri . gr | ꜳ?n ok skinn vnd hánum . sion fagr svip stund eína . siþan iafn | eða friðri.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Spell | vann spardi ei stillir · spiotrunnz skada botir · mein | gardr margra iarda · mikill dyrligri skickiv · gudv | efr giordiz iofri · grám ok skinn vnd hanvm · sionfa | gr suipstvnd eína · sidan iafn eda fridri ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Spell vann || spardi ei stillír . spiotrvnnʀ skada botir . meíngardr margra | jarda míkill dyrligri skickiv gvdvefr giordizst iofri | grám ok skínn vnd hánvm. sionfagr svipstvnd eína | sidan jafnn ęda fridri.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Spell uann spurdizst stillir sp | íotrunn skada botar mengerdr margra íarda mikill dyrdligri skikkíu | guduefr gerdizst efri gran ok skínn und hanum sion fagr svipstun | d æína sidan íafnn edr fridre ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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