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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, 202

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2 — HSt Frag 2III

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Cite as: Edith Marold (ed.) 2017, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Fragments 2’ 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.

Holmleggjar viðr hilmir
hring-Skǫglar mik þǫglan.

{Hilmir {holmleggjar}} {hring-Skǫglar} viðr mik þǫglan.

{The ruler {of the island-bone}} [ROCK > DWARF = Litr (litr ‘colour’)] {of the ring-Skǫgul <valkyrie>} [WOMAN] makes me silent.

texts: TGT 50, Gramm 52

editions: Skj Hallar-Steinn: 2. a. Af et digt om en kvinde 1 (AI, 552; BI, 534); Skald I, 260; SnE 1848-87, II, 132-3, 414, III, 145, TGT 1884, 21, 85, 198-9, TGT 1927, 60, 100.

sources

AM 748 I b 4° (A) 5v, 8 - 5v, 8 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  
AM 242 fol (W) 105, 10 - 105, 11 (TGT)  transcr.  image  image  image  
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