July 30, 2014

Greetings unto all who read these words from Meister Konrad Mailander, Rouge Scarpe Herald,


This is the Middle Kingdom Letter of Acceptances and Returns for the items on the June 11th and June 17th, 2014 ILoI.  


My thanks to Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Arwyn of Leicester, Gunnvor silfraharr, Alys Mackyntoich, Juetta Copin, Aria Gemina Mala, Vettorio Antonello, Calybrid Ine Tere, Matilda Wynter, Piotr Zavilov, and ffride wlffsdotter for their commentary.  


Since the letters are now being posted on OSCAR with documentation and commentary open for all to see I will no longer be copying the documentation or commentary to this letter.  If you would like to see the documentation or commentary for the June 11th letter please go to https://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingloi.php?kingdom=4&loi=2621 and for the June 17th letter please go to https://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingloi.php?kingdom=4&loi=2670


SENA refers to The Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory.  These are the new rules for submissions. 


My decision and comments are prefaced with ROUGE SCARPE: and are in red.  Items that are accepted will be forwarded to Laurel as a Middle LoI posted on OSCAR.  


June 11-1: Ąine O'Brien - New Name


ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel as <Įine ingen Briain>. The submitter asked for authenticity for 12th century Irish. The name as submitted is a mix of Gaelic and Anglicized Irish which though registerable is not authentic for any time period. The submitter did not allow major changes, which the necessary change in language for the authenticity request would be, but was contacted and approved the change to the 12th century form provided by Blue Tyger Herald in commentary. This change also avoids the problem that the name as submitted conflicted with <Anie O'Brian> (9/2012). Anie currently has a name change in process, to <Įine O'Brien>, via Drachenwald, which is an even closer conflict to the form originally submitted.



June 11-2: Alis inghean ui Fhaolain - New Name & New Device


Per chevron vert and sable, two scorpions and a sheep passant guardant argent.


ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel. Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Per chevron vert and sable, two scorpions and a sheep passant reguardant argent. There is question about whether this violates SENA A.3.D.2.c. http://heraldry.sca.org/sena.html#A3D2c Unity of Posture and Orientation. “The charges within a charge group should be in either identical postures/orientations or an arrangement that includes posture/orientation (in cross, combatant, or in pall points outward, for example). A charge group in which postures for different charges must be blazoned individually will not be allowed without period examples of that combination of postures.” Since the scorpions are in the default posture and the sheep would not have been shown in that posture we are sending it up for further commentary and a ruling by Wreath.



June 11-3: Frųkn MacCoinneach - New Name & New Device


Per saltire purpure and vert, a saltire erminois, in chief a celtic cross, in fess two swords and in base a griffon passant argent.


ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel as <Frųkn mac Cannech>. Coinneach appears to be the modern spelling of the Gaelic man's name <Cainnech>. "A Simple Guide to Constructing 12th Century Scottish Gaelic Names" by Effric neyn Kenyeoch vicralte (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/simplescotgaelicnames12.htm) has the genitive spellings of this name as Cannech, Caennaig, or Cainnaig. We have chosen the one closest to the original submitted name.


Device returned for violating SENA A.3.D.2.a. Slot Machine “There are some period examples in which a single charge group contains charges of more than one type. Therefore, we allow two types of charges in a single charge group. Common patterns change the centermost of charges in a row or the bottommost of charges arranged two and one. However, a charge group with more than two types of charges is not allowed.” This device has three different types of charges in a single charge group; a Celtic cross, swords, and a griffon. 



June 11-4: Margherita di Raffaele - New Badge


(Fieldless) Issuant from a decrescent argent, an ounce's jamb fesswise extending between the horns sable.


ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: (Fieldless) Issuant from a decrescent argent, an ounce's jamb fesswise extending between the horns sable.


June 11-5: Oddlin Twosocke - New Name Change


ROUGE SCARPE: Forwarded to Laurel as <Oddlin Oddsdottir>. There were concerns that Old Norse could no longer be combined with Middle/Modern English. After conferring with the submitter they indicated that the given name was the most important to them and they offered the forwarded name as their preferred wholly Old Norse choice.



June 11-6: Oswyn of Bašon - New Name


ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.



June 11-7: Rickard of Rivenvale - New Device


Gyronny arrondi azure and argent, a griffin sejant maintaining a sword Or, armed and langued gules and three crosses of ermine spots Or on a chief, gules.


ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Gyronny arrondi azure and argent, a griffin sejant maintaining a sword Or and on a chief gules three crosses of ermine spots Or.



June 11-8: Ursula the Dreaded - New Name & New Device


ROUGE SCARPE: Name forwarded as <Ursula the Dread>. According to precedence we do not register English bynames formed from adjectival past participles. The submitter had marked no major changes on the form but has allowed the change to Ursula the Dread or a completely Welsh translation of the byname.

Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Per chevron ploye sable and gules, two pair of hames and a bear statant Or.



June 17-1: Bjǫrn žursbani - Resub Name


ROUGE SCARPE: Forwarded to Laurel. This name has two problems that quite possibly will cause it to be returned. The first problem is that "giant-killer" is one of the heiti of the god Žórr, as Snorri Sturluson says in Skįldskarpamįl:

Hvernig skal kenna Žór? Svį, at kalla hann son Óšins ok Jaršar... verjandi Įsgaršs, Mišgaršs, dólgr ok bani jǫtna ok trollkvinna, vegandi Hrungnis, Geirrǫšar, Žrķvalda...

[How should we name Thór? Thus, by calling him a son of Óšinn and Jǫršr... defender of Įsgaršr and of Mišgaršr, foe and bane of giants and troll-women, slayer of Hrungnir, Geirrǫšr, and of Žrķvaldi...]

Therefore, <žursbani> may fall under SENA PN.4.C (http://heraldry.sca.org/sena.html#PN4C): “There are examples of attested given names and bynames that are claims to magical abilities or other superhuman abilities. Such names will not be registered unless they can be demonstrated to have been used in contexts that are not claims to magical abilities. Use of them by multiple individuals is often sufficient to do so, unless they all were understood to have the same magical power”

<žurs> was found as a byname in Finnur Jónsson's Tilnavne i den Islandske Oldlitteratur (Copenhagen: H. H. Thieles Bogtrykkeri. 1908. http://books.google.com/books?id=KWkSAAAAYAAJ or http://heimskringla.no/wiki/Tilnavne_i_den_islandske_oldlitteratur). The second problem is that there may not have enough examples of the pattern {byname}+<-bani> to justify the constructed name. As both of these issues require a decision above the Kingdom level the name is being sent up for further commentary and a decision by Pelican Herald.



In Service to Crown and College,

Meister Konrad Mailander, OP


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