Next month, my love Darian and I are entering our very first Crown Tournament. Because this is special to us, and because I was inspired by THL Gwydeon’s own LOI scroll from a couple tourneys back, I decided to try my hand at illumination.
The scroll-work was all free-handed, and I had to buy a higher quality set of gouache to get decent paints that I liked. (My first set was..not great.) This was my first serious attempt at painting with gouache, and it’s something I intend to work at. I’m not the best at painting, or at straight lines for that matter — linework and cartoon-style drawing are more my style.
There are so, so many mistakes, but I’ve been told that as this is my first scroll ever, it’s something to be proud of. And really, I am. I’ve spent months learning enough Old Norse and Old Icelandic to be dangerous, and Master Fridrikr was kind enough to help me out with some syntax issues in one of the last drafts of the brag. I tweaked it a little bit after his revisions, so it (again) may not read exactly correctly, but I think Old Icelandic is more of an art form anyway, haha.
Here’s all the research I put into it:
Scroll is free-handed by Lady Astridr in the style of several rune stones, in India ink and gouache on Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, 400 series 140lb. From top to bottom, it is based on designs and elements from the following stones:
Rasmund Carving – Sodermanland, Sweden 11th century
Harald Bluetooth’s Stone – Jelling, Denmark 10th century
Ledberg Stone – Ostergotland, Sweden 11th century
G 134 Stone – Gotland, Sweden 11th century
Words are in the style of an Old Norse Brag, which was written in English and then translated into Old Icelandic, then transliterated to Younger Futhark by Lady Astridr. Old Icelandic proofreading courtesy of Master Fridrikr Tomasson.
Note: Revisions were made to the Old Icelandic text after Master Fridrikr’s revisions to reflect Darian’s current accomplishments — so if there are any mistakes, they are surely not his fault. 🙂
Old Icelandic Brag:
Darri inn Valski, kallaðr Darian, hét skjaldsveinn mikill í ríkum Aethelmearcum. Hann var húskarl Maynards hertogi ok Kappi Rhydderich Haels ok Kappi Sjau Perlna. Um sumar, hann sá Astridr vigaskegg ok hana elskaði. Hon tók hann suðr til Svartasteinfjall, ok eptir Þar görðu heim þeira, alað hon dottir, Elora. Varð hann þet kappi barúns, ok þá enn kallaði sighri hann yfir allir kappabarúnar, ok varð hann Kappi Sjau Perlna í annat sinn.
Um einvaldum annat Tindal konungs ok Etaine dróttningar, Darian ok Astridr í Turnimenti Kórónum kappkostar svá at þeir muni verða óðalsmannum til AEthelmearcs.
Darri inn Valski, called Darian, was a great shieldman in the kingdom of Aethelmearc. He was a húskarl to Duke Maynard and Champion of the Rhydderich Hael and of the Seven Pearls. In the summer, he saw Astridr vigaskegg and fell in love with her. She took him south to Blackstone Mountain, and after they made a home there, she bore a daughter, Elora. He became that baron’s champion, and then he again claimed victory over all barons’ champions, and he became Champion of the Seven Pearls a second time.
In the second reign of King Tindal and Queen Etaine, Darian and Astridr would strive in Crown Tournament, so that they might become the rightful heirs to AEthelmearc.