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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 17 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, 900

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

3 — HSt Rst 3I

edition interactive full text transcriptions old edition references concordance


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 Senn oll sidan rvnnv sneckiv borð or | gavrdvm . hermorg hala tiorgoð hilldíngs vn | d gram milldvm . vestr lond virda kíndir verfá | kvm lét heriat aldygr arfi trygva olafr | ok klꜹf stalvm.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Seɴ aull siþan runnu . sneckiu borð or go᷎rðum . her m?or?g hꜳ | la to᷎rgut . hilldings vnd gram milldum . vestr lo᷎nd virða kíndir | ver fakum reð heriat . aldyggr arfi tryggva . olafr ok klauf sta | lum.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Senn oll sidan runnu | sneckiu bord or gordum hermorg hála tiorgut . hilldings | vnd gram milldum . vestr lond virda kindir . verfákum | red heriat aldyɢr arfi tryɢva . olafr of klauf stálum. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Senn | aull sidan runnv · sneckiu bord or gaurdum · herm | org hála torgud · hilldíngs vnd gram milldum · vest | rlond virda kindir · verfakum red heriat · aldyggr | arfui tryggua · olafr ofklauf straumí ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Senn o᷎ll sidan runno sneckíu bord or go᷎rdum . herm | o᷎rg hala torguth hilldings vnd gram mildum . vestr | lo᷎nd virda kíndir ver fakum let heríat alldygr arfí | tryggua Olafr of klauf straumí.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 62 Senn ǫll sidan rvnnv sneckio bǫrd or gǫrdvm | herding hala tíorgvd hilldings vnd gram milldvm vestr | lǫnd virda kindir ver fakvm reid heríad aldyggr arfí | tryggva olafr ok klavf stalvm ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Senn o᷎ll sidan ʀunnu snekkiu bavrd or gaurdum hergín | hala urgut hilldings vm gram milldum uestr lond uirda kíndir verfakum | ʀed heriat aldyggr arfui tryggua olafr klauf stalum ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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