This is the first installment of 'Our Homeland, Beloved Ealdormere' by Dame TSivia. This material has been scanned from the hardcopy original which consisted of type-written pages with photocopied graphics. As each section is cleaned by our scribes it will be posted here.
Our Homeland Beloved Ealdormere
A History of the Early Years
Here be the Arms of the Most Noble Principality of Ealdormere
"Gules, a trillium flower affronty argent, barbed vert, within a
wreath, in chief a coronet argent." Laurel
Scanned by THL Þorfinna gráfeldr, cleaned by THLaird Colyne Stewart, in October/November 2013.
April A.S. XXXII (1998 C.E.)
By way of introduction:
This is a synopsis in short form, of the highlights of the foundation of the
. Kingdom of Ealdormere
I am one of the few who has been here since our earliest times, and so it is that I have tried to chronicle some of the high and low points of our glorious history in time for our First Crown Tournament. I have tried to find the actual documents such as event announcements, Council/Moot minutes, articles in newsletters, and so on, to speak for me where speak they might.
This collection covers much of the growth of the Midrealm's second Principality from Region to Kingdom. Some of the authors are still in the S.C.A. and others have moved on to other things. We still owe them a great debt for their service over the years and this is one way to recognize them.
I joined the Society in A.S. VI, and moved to the Middle Kingdom from Atenveldt in A.S. IX or so. I have served this Kingdom in many ways over the decades, as founding Seneschale of two groups and in Baronial and Principality positions. I am proud of Ealdormere, and as a bard, I express my joy in what we have become through poems and songs. This time, I offer my version of the story of Ealdormere's early days, in prose.
Speak to the other Elders of the Kingdom, and you will be given slightly different versions of the stories I tell. This is no surprise, as we have all lived these experiences through different eyes. It is my hope that this collection will bring back great memories to the older members of the Kingdom, and give answers to the younger members, as to where our customs and practices, originated.
On the occasion of the First Crown Tournament of Ealdormere, this collection is dedicated to Duke Finnvarr de Taahe, O.P., K.S.C.A., and Baroness Gillian d'Uriel, O.L., founders of Eoforwic, and Prince Berus and Princess Marion of Ealdormere, LAST of the Lineage of the Wolf to be known as Serene Highnesses, Kind Patron and Patroness of this Collection.
To all who dwell in the lands of Ealdormere ...WAES HAEL!!
TSivia bas Tamara v'Amberview
TSivia bas Tamara v'Amberview, Laurel; Baroness of the Court of Reynard and Brynhildr, Dragon s Heart, Willow, Purple Fret, Troubadour (Eastrealm), Bears Heart (Septentria), Black Hare and Hare Salient (Skraeiing Althing), Master Chirurgeon (Retired); First Regional Seneschale of Ealdormere, Chirurgeon to the Crown Principality of Ealdormere
SPECIAL THANKS to the following gentles for information, documents, and stories.
Master Aiden na Kincorra, O.L., O.P., Baron; Lord Lieutenant of Ealdormere during the days of the Crown Principality
Dame Enid Aurelia of the Tin Isles, O.L., O.P., Baroness; Lady Lieutenant of Ealdormere during the days of the Crown Principality
Baroness Caffa Muiriath, O.L., O.P.
Baron Henry of Linlithgow, O.P.
Duke Finnvarr de Taahe, K.S.C.A., O.P.
Mistress Ragni Dzintara, O.P.
Master Sylard of Eagleshaven, O.L.
Mistress Mortraeth Colwyn, O.L.
Visakona Ragnheithr Thorbjarnardottir, Baroness Ramshaven
Lady Genevieve, Baroness Rising Waters
Lady Thyra Thorkilsdattir, Baroness Ben Dunfirth
Master Hector of the Black Height, O.L., O.P.
Mistress Rhiannon of Wye, O.L.
Master Naon na Cruitre, O.L.
Lord Brand Thorwaldsson
Lady Sonda Ghilabari, O. Otter
Lord Tempus Peregrinator
Skraeling Alrhing Chronicle
The Ealdormere Tidings
Special thank yous go to my apprentices:
Lady Micaylah of Skye, for dinner, desktop publishing, and long hours in front of the computer and photocopier. Due to her expertise, this History is printed in a period type-face and wi h professional polish.
Lady Claricia Nyetgale, Black Hare and Order of the Grove (Caldrithig Singers), for her extremely talented scanner, colour printer, and roast beef,
to her husband, Lord Gavin Hewlett, master of the scanner and cover artist extraordinaire, who gave up precious sleep to help with this project.
To them all: Waes Hael!!!
This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc. and does not delineate SCA policy.
© 1998 Shelley Rabinovitch, except where indicated.
Table of Contents
In The Beginning: VI
How Did Ealdormere Come To Be?: VIII
What is "All-De- Beer" and the "E-Word"?: XIX
What's the Wolf Got to do With Any of This?: XXXV
What is a Crown Principality, and When Did Ealdormere Become One?: XXXVI
And Now?: XLI
Guide to the Appendices: XLIII
Appendix 1: XLIVAppendix 2: XLVI
Appendix 3: XLVII
Appendix 4: L
Appendix 5: LII
Appendix 6: LIII
Appendix 7: LXVI
Appendix 8: LXX
Fascinating Facts and Firsts: LXXXIX
The Groups of Ealdormere: XCII
The Awards and Orders of the Principality of Ealdormere: XCIII
Music and Poetry of Ealdormere's Early Years: XCIV
Lament for Ealdormere: XCVThe Hunting Of The Wolf: XCVI
A Song For The Place That Cannot Say Its Name: XCVII
The Polestar: A Song For Ealdormere: XCVIII
A Tale Of The Collars: XCIX
Ealdormere Battle Song: C
The "E" Song: CI
, Pennsic XVII: CII Battle
The Line of the North: CIV