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, 937

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34 — HSt Rst 34I

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lemmatised words

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bál (noun n.) [°-s; -] ‘fire...’báls 34/3

Bjarni (noun m.) ‘Bjǫrn, Bjarni...’ — 34/8

drápa (noun f.) [°-u] ‘poem with refrains...’drôpu 34/7

dyggr (adj.) [°dyggvan/dyggan; compar. -vari/-ari/-ri, superl. -vastr/-astr/-str] ‘trustworthy...’dyggs 34/2

2einn (pron.) [°decl. cf. einn num.] ‘one, alone...’eina 34/4

flokkr (noun m.) ‘group, flock...’flokka 34/4

gjarn (adj.) [°compar. -ari, superl. -astr] ‘eager...’ — 34/8

gráp (noun n.) ‘hail...’gráps 34/7

Hallfreðr (noun m.) ‘Hallfreðr...’ — 34/5

handbál (noun n.)handbáls 34/3

hermargr (adj.) ‘a great deal...’Hermart 34/1

herr (noun m.) [°-s/-jar, dat. -; -jar, gen. -ja/herra] ‘army, host...’Her 34/1

hjǫrgráp (noun n.)hjǫrgráps 34/7

hjǫrr (noun m.) ‘sword...’hjǫr 34/7

hnykkilundr (noun m.)hnykkilunda 34/3

hnykkja (verb) ‘pull violently...’hnykki 34/3

2hreinn (adj.) [°compar. hreinari/hreinni, superl. hreinastr/hreinstr] ‘pure...’hreins 34/4

hríðǫflugr (adj.) ‘[in onslaught]...’hríðǫflgum 34/6

hróðr (noun m.) ‘encomium, praise...’hróðrar 34/8

hróðrargjarn (adj.) — 34/8

hugdyggr (adj.) ‘steadfast...’hugdyggs 34/2

hugðr (adj./verb p.p.) ‘agreeable, courageous...’hugða 34/7

hugr (noun m.) ‘mind, thought, courage...’hug 34/2

hví (adv.) ‘why...’ — 34/1

hǫnd (noun f.) [°handar, dat. hendi; hendr (hendir StatPáll³ 752¹²)] ‘hand...’hand 34/3

Hǫrðar (noun m.) ‘the Hǫrðar...’Hǫrða 34/5

2kveðja (verb) ‘say, greet...’kveðum 34/1

1lundr (noun m.) [°-ar, dat. -i/-; -ar] ‘grove, tree...’lunda 34/3

2margr (adj.) [°-an] ‘many...’mart 34/1

3of (prep.) ‘around, from; too...’ — 34/2

3ok (conj.) ‘and, but; also...’ — 34/4, 34/8

smíða (verb) ‘craft...’smíðat 34/6

sonr (noun m.) [°-ar, dat. syni; synir, acc. sonu, syni] ‘son...’son 34/2

stillir (noun m.) ‘ruler...’stilli 34/5

Tryggvi (noun m.) ‘Tryggvi...’Tryggva 34/2

2vinna (verb) ‘perform, work...’vann 34/6

yrkja (verb) ‘compose...’ortu 34/1


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