[SCA-AE] Proud of Aethelmearc Bards
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Mon Mar 28 12:57:58 EDT 2011
Wow!! Please tell me that someone got photos of this event!
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On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM, <sleepyunicorn at roadrunner.com> wrote:
> The Barony of Concordia held an amazing event on Saturday. They recruited Bards from the East, from Aethelmearc, from the Mid, who came to perform sections of Beowulf.
> Concordia took an average "hall" and made it an amazing Viking Hall. Each performer who did a section did it in their won way, so we had sections done to a drum, that were sung, that were done with harp notes, that were chanted, that were physically performed as well as recited.
> It was an amazing day, taking from 1 pm into the evening to complete the whole thing - and with lots of food for the intermissions.
> I don't think I have been to such an interesting event in a long time. I can't do it better than their seneschal said it, so I repeat his posting here.
> Aethelmearc, It was an inspired event, and the people from Aethelmearc that were there deserve the applause (foot stomping, cheering, pounding that the Viking Hall gathering gave!).
> Beowulf, the Event
> Magic it was, for the room that had been was gone and in its place a mead
> hall tall and proud. Standing were eight logs, at least a foot across each, hand
> hewn to remove the bark, adz marks upon their surface still showing ten
> years or more since they were first felled, rising a dozen feet into the
> rafters. Each held two cross beams that joined them into a rectangle three
> rods long by one rod wide, eight trees standing strong. The cross beams,
> too, were hewn from trees, though theses were, perhaps, a little smaller in
> their girth. Tenoned into their supports, to share and mete out the load of
> the roof above, they did show their makers skill well, for a flee would have
> had difficulty getting into the joints. These makers were proud of their
> work, for they had carved their names into the wood with chisel or knife.
> Centered in the hall and going its length was a fire pit, dug into what had
> been hard floor only the day before. This fire pit was one fire log deep,
> for the coals could be seen glowing at the bottom. Piled on to these coals
> were two layers of fire logs, so that the logs stood one log above the pit.
> The smoke of the fire filled nostrils as people entered the hall, the flames
> low but visible. At the far end of the hall stood two pillars of stone, with
> braziers on top of each, flames providing light by which to see.
> Fine tapestries hung upon the walls, the weavers skill clear to any that
> might look. And look they did, for the tapestries depicted legends from long
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