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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 29 June 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, 906

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

9 — HSt Rst 9I

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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 Fe milldr fylkír villdi . fírnna mo᷎rg ok ho᷎rga | blot hvs brenna lata . bad hann heidínn god meida . | sigrbanz sidan kendi sannhrodigr trv goda . | yrlvndr hꜹllda hann var rikzstr konung manna |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 61 Fe milldr fylkir uilldi . fir | na mo᷎rg ok ho᷎rga . blot hus breɴa lata bað hann heiðin goð meiða . | sið uandr siþan kendi . sannfroðum tru goða . her lundr ho᷎lða kíndum | ⸝hann er rikztr konungr manna.⸜ |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 54 Femilldr fylkir villdi · firna mor | g ok haurga · blothus brenna lata . bad hann heidin god | meida · siduandr sidan kendi · sannfrodum tru | goda . herlundr hauka kindum · hann er rikz | str kongr manna ·   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Bb Femílldr fyl | kir villdi . firna morg ok hꜹrga blot hus bre | nna lȧta . bad hann heidín gvd meida . sidvandr | sidan kendi . sannf⸌r⸍odvm trv goda . herlvndr hꜹka | kíndvm . hann er rikrstr konungr manna.   [VEÞ]  edit 
 62 Femilldr fylkir villdí firna morg ok hǫggva | blothvs brenna lata bad hann heidín god meida sid | vandr sidan kendí sann frodvm trv goda herlyndr | holda kínndvm hann er rikstr konvng manna |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 Flat Fe milldr fylkir uillde | firnna mo᷎rg ok ho᷎rga · blot hus brenna lata bad hann hæidin god mæída síd | uandr sidan kende sannfrodr tru goda · her lundr holda kíndum hann er | ʀikstr konung manna   [VEÞ]  edit 

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