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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 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, 934

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32 — HSt Rst 32I

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lemmatised words

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-veldr (adj.) ‘[forged]...’vellds 32/3

-þegi (noun m.) ‘[heir, tainers]...’þega 32/8

1annarr (pron.) [°f. ǫnnur, n. annat; pl. aðrir] ‘(an)other, second...’annan 32/3

arfr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i/-(Frost— 215¹²); -ar] ‘inheritance...’arf 32/8

arfþegi (noun m.) ‘heir...’arfþega 32/8

3at (prep.) ‘at, to...’ — 32/7

eldr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -i/-(HómÍsl¹‰(1993) 24v²⁴); -ar] ‘fire...’eld 32/3, elds 32/5

eldveldr (adj.)eldvellds 32/3

2er (conj.) ‘who, which, when...’es 32/2

frami (noun m.) ‘success...’frama 32/4

fýsa (verb) ‘desire, encourage...’fýst* 32/6

geyma (verb) ‘heed, guard...’geymi 32/5

geymirunnr (noun m.) ‘keeping trees...’geymirunnum 32/5

gunneldr (noun m.) ‘battle-fire, war-flame ...’gunnelds 32/5

gunnr (noun f.) ‘battle...’gunn 32/5

gǫndul (noun f.) ‘battle...’gǫndlar 32/6

hann (pron.) [°gen. hans, dat. honum; f. hon, gen. hennar, acc. hana] ‘he, she, it, they, them......’hans 32/7

2herða (verb) ‘strengthen...’herði 32/1

1herðimeiðr (noun m.)herðimeiðar 32/1

hirð (noun f.) [°-ar; -ir/-ar(FskB— 53‡)] ‘retinue...’ — 32/7

1hringr (noun m.) [°-s, dat. -; -ar] ‘ring; sword...’Hring 32/1

hringskóð (noun n.)Hringskóðs 32/1

2hryggr (adj.) [°-van/-jan; compar. -vari/-ari/-ri; superl. -astr] ‘sorrowful, sad...’hrygg 32/8

hvar (adv.) ‘where...’ — 32/2

2lýsa (verb) ‘illuminate, show...’lýstak 32/6

meiðr (noun m.) ‘beam, tree...’meiðar 32/1

1morð (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘killing, battle...’morði 32/7

óðríkr (adj.) ‘[mighty]...’óð*ríkr 32/4

runnr (noun m.) [°dat. -i/-; -ar] ‘bush, tree...’runnum 32/5

1 (pron.) [°gen. þess, dat. þeim, acc. þann; f. sú, gen. þeirrar, acc. þá; n. þat, dat. því; pl. m. þeir, f. þǽ---] ‘that (one), those...’þann 32/2

sem (conj.) ‘as, which...’ — 32/6

2skóð (noun n.) ‘harmer, scathe...’skóðs 32/1

2slíkr (adj.) ‘such...’slíkum 32/4

stillir (noun m.) ‘ruler...’stilli 32/3

Tryggvi (noun m.) ‘Tryggvi...’Tryggva 32/8

2vera (verb) ‘be, is, was, were, are, am...’vas 32/7

1vita (verb) ‘know...’viti 32/2

unlemmatised words — anni (32)


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