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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, 903

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

6 — HSt Rst 6I

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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 Ugglꜹst ira bygdír | okvídínn let sidan . elfreyr vlfar kiola en | dr fikvla brendar . skotlandz skꜹrpvm | brandi skiald frydr af nam rydia . oddrbeítt | vlfar sꜹddvzst . o deigr skota feiga. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Skotland sko᷎fnum bran | di . skialld fryðr ok nam ryðia . oddr beít vlfar saudduz o | deigr skota feiga. Vgg laust | íra bygdir o kuiðinn reð uiða . el freyr vllar kiola . endr fí | kula brendan.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 53 Skotlandz | skofnum skiall?d?frydr ok nam rydia . oddr beít ul | far saudduz . ódeígr skota feiga.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Skottlandz skaufnum brand | i · skialldfrydr ok nam rydia · oddr beit vlfar sodd | uz odeigr skota feiga · Vggla | ust ira bygdir · okuídínn red uída · ellfreyr vllar || kiola endr fikur la brendar ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Skotlandz sko᷎f | num brandí skalld frydr ok nam rydía oddr beít | vlfar so᷎ddoz odeigr skota feíga. Vgglaust ra bygdir okuid | inn red vida ellfreyr vllar kíola endrfikíu la | brendar.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 62 Skotland skom | mvm brandi skiallprydr ok nam rydía · oddr beít vlfar | sǫddvz odeigr skota feíga · Vglavst íra bygdir o | kvidín reid vida elþeyr vllra kíola endr fikv | la brendar   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Skoth | land skommum brande skíot frodr nam ʀíoda oddr bæít ulfar saudduz | st ofæigr skota fæíga ·   [VEÞ]  edit 

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