[ANSTHRLD] Device attempt 2

Tim McDaniel tmcd at panix.com
Thu Apr 21 21:37:33 PDT 2011

On Thu, 21 Apr 2011, Charles Armitage <charlesarmitage at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm almost thinking I should got with a different charge, tho I love
> the phoenix a wolf or wolfs head would be more fitting for my Viking
> linage

Well, Vikings were before the invention of heraldry, so in one
philosophical sense, everything is equally fitting or unfitting.

Have you seen the articles on heraldic notions for the Norse?

     Heraldry for a Non-Heraldic Culture: Vikings and Coats-of-Arms in
     the SCA
     by Gunnv{o"}r silfrah{a'}rr

     Personal Display for Viking Age Personae: A Primer for Use in the
     SCA (or, How to tweak some of the concepts of SCA heraldry so they
     fit a Viking Age persona)
     by Thora Sharptooth

I need to explain a distinction.

Please distinguish between "registerable according to SCA heraldic
rules" and "period style".  Those are different.  There are many
things that are registerable that are not period style.  There are
some things that are period style but not registerable.

If you want to register something that's registerable, then by
definition, you can register it, regardless of how close to period
style it may be.

However, I like to make period style comments.  Some people want to be
closer to period style.  For other people, they're just as happy with
some aspects of period style as non-, so if I can suggest a period
thing that they like, it's a win-win.

So when I write that wolves and wolves' heads are used a lot more in
the SCA than in period, it doesn't mean you can't have them, and it
doesn't mean it's any easier or harder to register them.  It just
means that wolves and wolf by-products are not common in period,
which may or may not matter to you in the slightest.

Danielis Lincolia
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com

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