[Ansteorra-archery] Stadium seating at Namron's archery practice

Ulf Gunnarsson ulfie at cox.net
Fri Oct 17 00:07:50 PDT 2008

"The new butts are in. I'm *somebody* now!"

The four long-awaited 36" coiled archery butts arrived Thursday.  They
only missed Protectorate by five days...

Each archery butt is a stiff coil of grass rope and weighs about 50
pounds.  They look great and will serve us for several years, provided
we take care of them.  They will be at practice Sunday in Namron and one
or two might make it out to the event that Skorragarðr is putting on
next month.

"Butt" is from the Old Norse "bútr" meaning end of a log or stump.  Such
were used for targets.  Later it was used for the mounds of dirt that
served as backstops for targets like stumps and wands.  Such mounds are
often found in pairs, so by the late middle ages "the archery butts"
referred to the place where you went to shoot.  This moment in history
brought to you by someone who stayed up too late...


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