[Heralds] Yet another name question

C. L. Ward gunnora at vikinganswerlady.org
Sat May 5 12:56:50 PDT 2001

>>I have aspirations of putting together an informative
>>"heraldic devices for Vikings in the SCA" web article,
>>with artwork and examples, right after I finish my
>>current names project.

To which Cyniric replied:
>Oh, oh, oh!  Can I help?!  Please?!  I would LOVE to
>aid in this.  I might even learn armory to help. :)

Sure.  Anyone is more than welcome to help.  I thought I'd work through the
standard set of Viking Age art resources and note themes and symbols, then
do the same looking through Hilda R. Ellis-Davidson's "Myths and Symbols in
Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions" (Syracuse: University
Press. 1988).  Once I have a list of possible heraldic charges assembled,
then I'd start looking in Fox-Davies for illos of them in heraldic style.

I'd like to present side-by-side the heraldic form and examples from Viking

I also mean to look through photos of picture stones for depictions of
Viking shields.  I've seen several that have the field divided in a sort of
gyronny with curved lines running from the center to the edges, and I'll be
darned if I know how to describe that in proper heraldic terminology -- for
example, see the Lillbjärs stone,
http://www.historiska.se/collections/shm-bild/visa_stor.asp?ID=5642   And
I'd like to see if I can find any other good info on possible period shield
designs that might serve as field divisions etc.


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