Halvgrimr’s Hall: a Viking Age Hoard of Information

Halvgrimr’s Hall is a Facebook blog page with the stated purpose “A blog where I intend to document my attempts at Living Heroically both in and outside my hobby. I hope my efforts inspire others to do so as well.”

The blog covers many areas of Viking Age reenactment, but most prominent is the extensive research and discussion regarding finds of helmets of the period. Extensive articles on the Vendel Helmet 14, the Sutton Hoo helmet, and pointers to resources for further research are just a few of the items available.

Halvgrimr says he also does “a weekly coverage piece on various ‘Viking Age’ helms and I hope to keep that running even after I run out of extant pieces”

If you are interested in Viking Age research, and especially extant helms, but sure to check out Halvgrimr’s Hall.

Baron Master Robert of Coldcastle

Mistress Aidan Cocrinn and Mistress Amanda Coldcastle announced the sad news that Baron Master Robert of Coldcastle passed away on the morning of December 15th. His partner, Master Gerald of Ipsley, maybe contacted through Mistress Amanda.

Baron Bob, as he was affectionately known, touched many in Calontir during his active years. With his characteristic signature “Robert of Coldcastle did this thing” he produced things of beauty in many different disciplines, but especially the many beautiful scrolls he calligraphed and illuminated.



But, perhaps more importantly, his students and their progeny have continued to teach and beautify the Kingdom long after he was no longer active. Mistress Aidan :

Our long lineage and extended family weeps with the loss of this extremely talented man, even though many may never have met him. His gifts can be seen in the talents of his grand-laurels, great-grands, great-great-grands, and also in our nieces and their lineages.

Baron Bob came to Calontir from the Kingdom of the West, and was a veteran of the US Army. His flair, his sardonic wit, and his “Sunday morning p*ss off the Laurels” garb immediately made him part of the family. Although he has not been active in many years, his memory continues on with those whose lives he touched.

baron bob


This post has been corrected to reflect the correct spelling of Ms. Aidan’s last name, and to correct Bob’s service to the Army. 


Master Kaz Lyre Featured in New Video

Master Kazimierz Samostrelov reports that one of his instruments has been featured in a new video.

“I am always amazed when I receive a clip or snip of what others are doing with the instruments I have built for them. There is an occasional moment when I just sit back in awe of the end result of an artist’s project, and today included one such moment.” Kaz says.

The blue lyre in the video is being played by Brian Kay. Kaz recommends following Brian’s other work on YouTube or at Briankaymusic.com.

More examples of Master Kaz’s luthiership can be found at his website:


The Duvant Inn Fundraiser for The Falcons

From Facebook, via The Castrum:

Greetings unto Calontir.

Many of us in Gleann Abhann were deeply saddend by the news of the horrible loss of your noble falcons. We also remember years ago when Hurricane Katrina ravaged our new kingdom how the fine people of Calontir came to our aid with all sorts of aid.

On the weekend of October 23rd to 25th the Baronies of Three Rivers and Grey Niche will be locked in a war at “The Castrum” in Lafe, AR. Our tavern on site will host a fund raiser with all proceeds going to help your fair kingdom once again have your proud falcons. I.D. will be required and a sign with a suggested donation will be visible. Bring your pouches full and your tankards and horns empty.

We have never forgot what you have done for us and we are now there for you. We will see you soon at the “Duvant Inn” that will be dedicated to Sir Francois Duvant in May at “Atheneaeum”

Dirge for The Falcons

From Lord Da’ud ibn Ibrahim al-Sisari, mka Adam Elkan-Hale, via Facebook:

After reading Andromir’s post regarding the death of our Kingdom’s birds, I was inspired to a write a song. The link below is to a recording of Johanna singing the piece.

Dirge for The Falcons

From seacoast lands did the host march home
Hearts and minds did soar
Telling tales of the war fray’s work
Wishing for one day more

Then loudly cried Lord Andromir
With story of fire and woe
Master Freidrich’s wagon burns
All is lost in tow

Calontir has her falcons lost
Her mighty birds of prey
The Knowne World weeps with Calontir
This black and mournful day

Talons, beaks were razor sharp
Like Calon army’s spears
Your eyes saw far with keen cold glance
Our eyes now shed tears

Calontir has her falcons lost
The Singing Kingdom weeps
Bright Cal’trava’s shine is dimmed
Calon birds now sleep

Cinnamon, Artemis, and kestrel R’an
Lady and Winter white
Fly to Valhalla, to Odin’s arm
Feast on flesh tonight

Calontir has her falcons lost
Empty the Heartland skies
Hearts are heavy, but in your names
Gold falcons shall ever fly

Hearts are heavy, but in your names
Gold falcons shall ever fly

Sad News from Gulf Wars

As reported by the East Kingdom Gazette:

Master Freiderich von Blumenkamp of Calontir, Lady Lora Ann Rós and their son Liam’s car caught on fire on the return trip. Although all the humans escaped safely, unfortunately, none of the birds escaped. Artemis, a 21 year old Harris Hawk, Cinnamon a 5 year old Red Tailed Hawk. Winter a 4 year old gyrfalcon, Lady a 16 year old Aplomado falcon and Ra’n, a 4 year old American Kestrel died in the fire.

A fund to help the family of falconers has been set up by Lord Andromir Vukovic.

For more details and a short memorial, read the article “In Memoriam:  The Calontir Falcons” at the East Kingdom Gazette.

Master Kazimierz Samostrelov at The Institute Library

Master Kazimierz Samostrelov OL, mka Chris Nogy, will be presenting at The Institute Library in New Haven, Connecticut on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

Part of The Institute Library’s “Amateur Hour” series, Kaz will be discussing and demonstrating the medieval instruments he has been re-creating for the last 20 years.

For more information, see the web site for the event at:


For Lycurgus, by Master Andrixos

A noble man of passions strong,
From freshest bloom of youth.
He made his path, oft right, oft wrong,
But spoke unwatered truth.

Chorus: He drank of life much more than most,
And savored ’til the end
So lift your glass and say a toast
To Duke, to Knight, to Friend.

Two neighbor realms this man did share,
Outlands and Calontir.
The Stag amd Falcon’s heart laid bare.
Each kingdom sheds sad tears.

He is now free from struggles all,
From pain, from toil, from strife.
Though he did fight the Reaper’s Call,
Too large he was for life.

For each man Death shall call his name,
When comes the end of time.
But ‘ere I live I’ll sing his fame
‘Til I find for orange a rhyme.