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HSt Rst 28I

Rolf Stavnem (ed.) 2012, ‘Hallar-Steinn, Rekstefja 28’ 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. 930.

Hallar-SteinnRekstefja
272829

text and translation

Hilding hvasst frák ganga
— hann réð prútt ept manni —
— ráðvandr ræsir hendi
ríp — í bratta gnípu.
Þrekleyfðr þengill hafði
— þat vas endr — und hendi
— sigrþoll svá barg stillir —
sinn dreng ok gekk lengra.

Frák hilding ganga hvasst í bratta gnípu; hann réð prútt ept manni; ráðvandr ræsir hendi ríp. Þrekleyfðr þengill hafði dreng sinn und hendi ok gekk lengra; þat vas endr; stillir barg svá {sigrþoll}.
 
‘I have heard that the war-leader went vigorously up the steep peak; he went bravely after the man; the upright ruler grasped the crag. The prince praised for his strength held his follower under his arm and went on further; that was long ago; thus the leader saved the victory-fir [WARRIOR].

notes and context

See sts 26 and 27. King Óláfr challenges his men to rescue their crag-fast companion, but none dares, so he climbs up with astonishing ease and carries the man to safety. 

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Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Hallar-Steinn, 1. Rekstefja 28: AI, 550, BI, 532, Skald I, 259; ÓT 1958-2000, II, 231 (ch. 237), Flat 1860-8, I, 465; SHI 3, 262-3, CPB II, 299, Wisén 1886-9, I, 49, Finnur Jónsson 1893b, 164, Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 273-4.

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