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Hallar-Steinn (HSt)

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

III. Fragments (Frag) - 6

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.

Fragments — HSt FragIII

Edith Marold with the assistance of Vivian Busch, Jana Krüger, Ann-Dörte Kyas and Katharina Seidel, translated from German by John Foulks 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Hallar-Steinn, Fragments’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 202.

stanzas:  2   3   4   5   6   7 

Skj: Hallar-Steinn: 2. a. Af et digt om en kvinde (AI, 552-3, BI, 534-5); stanzas (if different): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

SkP info: III, 209

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance search files

7 — HSt Frag 7III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Fragments 7’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 209.

Flaug, en firnabjúgir,
foldar hnegg at seggjum,
fjarðelds fleygi-Nirðir
fellu skjótt at velli.

{Hnegg foldar} flaug at seggjum, en {firnabjúgir fleygi-Nirðir {fjarðelds}} fellu skjótt at velli.

{The heart of the earth} [STONE] flew at men, and {the overly stooping throwing-Nirðir <gods> {of fjord-fire}} [GOLD > GENEROUS MEN] fell quickly on the field.

texts: LaufE 102 (307), LaufE 184 (398)

editions: Skj Hallar-Steinn: 2. b. Af et digt om Skáldhelgi(?) 6 (AI, 553; BI, 535); Skald I, 260; LaufE 1979, 398.


GKS 2368 4°x (2368x) 133, 62 - 133, 63 (LaufE)  transcr.  image  
AM 743 4°x (743x) 99v, 9 - 99v, 12 (LaufE)  image  image  
AM 738 4°x (738x) 125r, 8 - 125r, 10 (LaufE)  image  image  
AM 164 8°x (164x) 39v, 13 - 39v, 15 (LaufE)  image  
Runic data from Samnordisk runtextdatabas, Uppsala universitet, unless otherwise stated