[Bards] Not wanting to be presumptive

Stephen Macthomas macthomas at houston.rr.com
Thu Oct 10 07:31:26 PDT 2002

Gottfried inquired:

> Still considering myself a fledgling in the Society, and with bardic arts,
would it be presumptive of me (asking fellow performers with more experience
and wherewith-all), to submit a name such as
> Gottfried der Skald?

I don't think it would be presumptive, as many of us have seen your
performing talents first-hand and know that calling yourself a skald would
be accurately descriptive.  (The reverse is true as well - sometimes bynames
would be given as a sarcastic jibe or even an outright insult - therefore,
"der skald" might be given to a frightfully shy and introverted person as
well.)  Occupational bynames are very common in period, and a lot of today's
most prevalent surnames - Smith, Miller, and a host of others - have
occupational origins.

You might wish to try to contact your local branch herald for a consultation

Stephen Macthomas, who knows why that last sentence is funny

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