Silver Hammer Scroll for Thaddeus Ellenbrock

Silver Hammer Scroll for Sir Thaddeus Ellenbrock

Text, Calligraphy and Illumination by Mistress Rahil al-Sirhaan.


Photo courtesy of Mistress Rahil

Photo courtesy of Mistress Rahil

Logan, Shah, and Ylva, Khanum,

Protectors of the Heartland

From forked rivers in the East

To the West’s burning sand,

Have listened well with Falcon’s ear

And seen with Falcon’s eye

The works and skills of an artist

And bid Thaddeus Ellenbock draw nigh.

On battlefield his armor shines,

This valiant lion-heart,

But while encamped on water’s edge

Warrior turns carpentry to art.

For as the Falcon soars above

The plains of green and gold,

Sharp eye settles on a pavilion,

Wondrous to behold.

There are tapestries and lanterns,

And carpets woven fine,

Silver dishes topped with delicacies,

And ewers filled with wine.

But richer than these elegant wares,

Hidden beneath tent’s shade

Are the finely crafted furnishings

That this artisan has made.

Upon tables, benches, chests and saddles

The Falcon eye does fall

And so into Calon Majesties’ Court

Skilled craftsmen do They call.

All those who bear the markings

Of Silver Hammer shining bright

Shall now be joined by Thaddeus Ellenbock,

The noted carpenter knight.

Silver Hammer Scroll for Viga-Valr viligísl, known as Vels

Silver Hammer Scroll for THL Viga-Valr viligísl, known as Vels

Text by Mistress Bridget Edan, Lady Izza bint Zaqara, THL Marcella the Unknown, Master Eadweard Boisewright, Lady Mor Hoistlair and Master Gottfried Von Koln. Calligraphy and Illumination by HL Lavilla Senestor


Vels Silver Hammer

Silver Hammer Scroll for THL Viga-Valr viligísl, known as Vels


Long have We looked out upon Our populace and have seen the deeds of Our artisans and craftsmen but one stands out among others. He is a wanderer of five Kingdoms but stands and defends the Heartland as his home. We have seen the pearl of Atlantia’s eye, manic alchemist extraordinaire, worker of entropy, leader of warriors, ginger haired wonder, and We find these prognostications to be irrefutably true; however this wordfame does not end here.

This gentle’s prodigious skills and scholarly pursuits have wrought items of such magnificent beauty that all are in awe. Careful cuts and polishing so that all could see their visage, intricate inlay and flowers of wood bring delight to the populace. To grant this man a wood shop would nary be a fitting honor.

Let all bear witness that We grant unto Viga-Valr viligísl all appropriate badges and privileges as we welcome him into the Order of the Silver Hammer.

To continue his pursuits, We grant leave to Our forests to harvest the optimum branches free of bore worms for chairs and benches, Our mines to seek out the minerals to create dyes and pigments of color, Our streams to collect sands for glass to create enameling and one chicken to do with as he sees fit.

Done by our hand, the seventeenth day of September, in the year 51 of Our Society sitting in Our Barony of Coeur d’Ennui.


(Logan)                                                 (Ylva)

Basileus                                               Basilissa

Queen’s Prize Tournament Court summary, Saturday, September 17, A.S. 51

Logan the Bowyer – Leather Mallet
Thaddeus Ellenbock – Silver Hammer
Ogawa Matajirou Ujimori – Leather Mallet
Verena Näherin – Calon Lily
Aesileif Jotunsdottir – Award of Arms
Rowan del Wiche – Golden Calon Swan
Cathus the Curious – Laurel
Viga-Valr viligísl – Silver Hammer
Æsa Jarnauga – Award of Arms
Amalie Helena Hasselbring – Award of Arms
Alyce “Apple” Night – Leather Mallet
Marius Lucian Fidelis – Laurel

Sawbina Fahy won the Queen’s Prize.
Margarette von Rothenburg won a prize from Her Majesty the Queen for her youth entry.
Her Majesty gave honorable mentions to Andromir Vukovic and Anna Plantyn.

A Boon was begged that Honorable Lady Neathery of Safita be elevated to the Order of the Pelican.
The new Kingdom Chronicler will be Countess Conna ingen Ui Chearbhaill.
The new Kingdom List Minister will be Mistress Brialen Ulfsdottir Vikings.
A Boon was begged that Honorable Lady Catrijn vanden Westhende be elevated to the Order of the Laurel.

Scenes from the Life of David, ca 1160-1180. Public Domain in the US

Scenes from the Life of David, ca 1160-1180. Public Domain in the US

Eynon Llangenydd’s Queen’s Prize Pictures Online

Gleaned from Facebook:

THL Eynon Llangenydd announces:

My pictures of most of the QPT projects and some of the artisans have been uploaded to a Flickr album. I might pare the numbers down a bit and post to a Facebook album later. I didn’t get everyone’s projects and some shots were a bit awkward to avoid disturbing judging

Queen’s Prize Tournament 2016

In the Barony of Coeur d’Ennui

Presentation scene; detail of a miniature from BL Royal MS 15 E vi, f. 2v. 15th C. Public domain in the US

Presentation scene; detail of a miniature from BL Royal MS 15 E vi, f. 2v. 15th C. Public domain in the US

The Battle of the Bridge — Winner of the Skaldic Challenge at Valor XXXVII


Lady Elaisse de Garrigues

by Lady Elaisse de Garrigues

War was calling. Our enemies were massing far to the east, so our mighty Konung, Duncan Bruce of Logan, mustered our warriors for the long march to that faraway kingdom. Many battles were fought in the great Pennsic War, but this is the tale of one particular battle—a battle for a bridge.

The army of Artemisia had twice our number, nay, tenfold at least, and the only thing holding them back was the churning water of the rain-swollen river. That endless horde, eager to storm across the bridge and slaughter everything in its path, was a chilling sight, but the Calontiri knew no fear. Logan strode to the bridge and hurled a spear toward those shining Artemisian helms with a bellow of “Odin owns you all!”

With a shield-shattering roar, the Calon host charged onto the bridge. The Artemisians could not withstand the Calontiri onslaught. Slowly at first, then with greater speed, the Artemisians fell back as our warriors fought their way across the bridge.

“Arrow!” someone shouted. First one dark missile, then another, arced through the sky then landed harmlessly on upheld Calontiri shields. Logan laughed. “You’ll need more than pointy sticks to send me to Valhalla!” he roared with a deadly swing of his war hammer.

The Artemisians fell back, and back, until the Calon host had nearly reached the far side of the river. “Arrow!” someone called again. This time the sky darkened and the air hissed with dozens of missiles speeding toward the Calontiri. “Shields!” Logan bellowed. Our warriors hunkered beneath as the deadly rain beat against the wood and iron of the Calon shields. That, my friends, is the moment Artemisia charged.

Taken by surprise, the Calontiri fell, one after another joining their dying comrades in the growing river of Calon blood. The survivors retreated, defeat bitter on their tongues. As brave as our warriors are, they might have slunk home in shame, but Logan stood firm. “By Tyr, we will not be beaten!” he shouted. Drawing courage from their Konung’s strength, the Calon host surged forward once again.

As before, the Artemisians staggered under our swords and we forced our way across the bridge. And as before, a flock of fletched missiles darkened the sky. This time we were ready, though. This time, when the Artemisians charged, our warriors met them with deadly steel. This time, the bridge ran slick with Artemisian blood.

And though many Calon warriors found their way to Valhalla, thanks to Logan’s courage, strength and will, no Artemisian crossed that bridge that day.

Demo Report: Kalmar Industries Company Picnic, Ottawa, KS 8-6-2016

Sir Cai arranged for his company to allow the SCA to hold a full-on demo at his annual company picnic. Kalmar Industries in Ottawa, KS hosted SCA folk from multiple nearby groups, including the Shire of Carlsby, the Shire of Cum an Iolair, the Shire of Crescent Moon, the Canton of Aston Tor and the Barony of Forgotten Sea. Visitors from distant groups, including the Barony of Vatavia and the Shire of Golden Seas even joined in the fun. This author is certain she has left out some groups, as well. Apologies for that. There were so many people, the demo was certainly the size of a decent event!

Look at all that Meanest Mother Melee fighting!

Look at all that Meanest Mother Melee fighting!

We had enough people for tourney fighting, cut-and-thrust and archery events side-by-side, multiple-fighter melees, several meanest-mother melees and even some old style Holmgang melees. This author heard laughing and great fun coming from the list field throughout the day. Epic deaths were seen. Even Ottawa residents came to the park, set up their lawn chairs and watched the sport throughout the day, enjoying the unusually mild August weather.

Ottawa's newest spectator sport

Ottawa’s newest spectator sport

The SCA personnel put on a fine showing of our best artisanry, too. We fully encircled the list fields with pavilions full of our best displays, from scribal arts through a fully functional forge thanks to Baron Lothar! Several people combined their talents to show how wool moves from sheep to fully woven fabric, including spindles, a spinning wheel, and two kinds of looms.  Mistress Dorcas provided an entire pavilion of heraldic goodies and information, too.

Amazing fiber arts demo - sheep to shawl!

Amazing fiber arts demo – sheep to shawl!

An all-day chainmail demo by HL Thomas the Black, armoring, sewing, displays of the Baronial coronets, finished garb hanging in the pavilions, and lots of people willing to talk about the SCA and our period of history provided a well-rounded, educational opportunity for the Kalmar employees, their families and others who visited. Many friends and family members of the SCA folks came by to see us, too!

H.L. Thomas the Black and his chain mail demo

H.L. Thomas the Black and his chain mail demo

Sir Cai graciously printed outstanding informational brochures and amazing laminated SCA bookmarks for us to give to visitors during our recruitment efforts. These proved very popular with the younger set, who also enjoyed the hands-on nature of most of the demo items. Being able to touch real, hand-woven fabric, chainmail, armored fighters and heraldic banners caused more than one young mouth to gape in amazement as they saw storybooks come alive before their eyes. Lady Maegwynn provided heraldic announcements before the fighting, including explanations of the SCA – who we are, what we do, and why the visitors should come around and check out the demos.

Baron Lothar explaining how he is forging his Holder Down Thing

Baron Lothar explaining how he is forging his Holder Down Thing

As a reward for our demo, the Kalmar folks provided the SCA demo-ers with a luscious BBQ lunch of pork, turkey, beef and all the sides. Bounce-houses and a bounce-obstacle course for the kids were available, although us adults were sadly not allowed. We debated the wisdom of obtaining ones rated for grownups for the next Tor Party at Lilies.

It was a beautiful day of temperate weather, gentle breezes, great fun fighting and some of the best fun many of us had in a long time. We wish the rest of you had been able to join us! Enjoy the photos – I’ve linked them to my Flickr page, because I took so many. These are just a few teasers.

Link to Photos:

In joyous fealty to the Crown and People of Calontir, I remain your loyal servant and Scribe-

Takashoka Spaekona Aidan Cocrinn, OL