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Runic Dictionary

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Hallar-Steinn (HSt)

12th century; volume 1; ed. Rolf Stavnem;

1. Rekstefja (Rst) - 35

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.

stanzas:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34   35 

Skj: Hallar-Steinn: 1. Rekstefja (AI, 543-52, BI, 525-34); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5

SkP info: I, 906

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9 — HSt Rst 9I

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Cite as: Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 9’ 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. 906.

mildr fylkir vildi
firna mǫrg ok hǫrga
blóthús brenna láta;
bað heiðin goð meiða.
Siðvandr síðan kenndi
sannhróðigr trú góða
herlundr hǫlða kindum.
Hann vas ríkstr konungmanna.

 

The generous ruler wanted to have very many temples and sacrificial buildings burned; he ordered the heathen gods to be harmed. {The devout, truly famous war-tree} [WARRIOR = Óláfr] then taught the good faith to the offspring of men. He was the mightiest of royal men

context: Óláfr Christianizes the people of Norway with a firm hand, burning down heathen temples, destroying sacrificial sites and replacing them with churches and priests.

notes: Óláfr’s promulgation of Christianity in Norway is also the subject of Anon Óldr 9-10. — [1-4]: For Óláfr as an enemy of heathen shrines, see also Hfr Óldr 1.

texts: Flat 246, ÓT 110

editions: Skj Hallar-Steinn: 1. Rekstefja 9 (AI, 545; BI, 527); Skald I, 256, NN §§1795, 2316C, 2990I; ÓT 1958-2000, I, 308 (ch. 142), Flat 1860-8, I, 285; SHI 3, 248-51, CPB II, 296-7, Wisén 1886-9, I, 47, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 212-18.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 111vb, 16 - 111vb, 19  transcr.  image  image  
AM 61 fol (61) 32ra, 11 - 32ra, 13 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 54 fol (54) 30vb, 20 - 30vb, 24 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
Holm perg 1 fol (Bb*) 44vb, 8 - 44vb, 12 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  
AM 62 fol (62) 14vb, 26 - 14vb, 29 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  
GKS 1005 fol (Flat) 37vb, 35 - 37vb, 38 (ÓT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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