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The Eleventh Year

Vikingsholm Tourney -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
June 26-27, 1976

From The Page (June, 1976):

We got the required insurance, so on June 26 and 27, VIKINGSHOLM IS ON!

As we announced in the May PAGE, Vikingsholm is an exact replica of a Norse longhouse, originally built as a private home, and then donated to the state. It has a Courtyard, which will (of course) be used for Court, and various other activities.

The tourney will happen at Emerald Bay State Park, with camping at Sugar Pine Point. The cost will be $3.75 per adult, $1.00 for children. This is NOT out of line: it includes two nights of camping at Lake Tahoe, use of the Vikingsholm grounds, tours of the Longhouse, and site rental costs. It also includes a donation to the West Kingdom Land Fund.

ACTIVITIES will be many and varied: a Sand Castle Contest (with the winner being the most authentic); a night scavanger hunt for neo-medieval artifacts; challenges; and Holmgang and Lists for Ladies' Favours. In these, each fighter will draw a lady's favour, and the victor of each match will win the favour(s) in the loser's possession; at the end, the Ladies Favours are ransomed back from the Champion. (Ransom could be a pastry, a lock of hair, a verse, a kiss, a cup of mead, or any other appropriate token.)

RESERVATIONS are limited: we have only 120 individual reservations (kids not counted), so we recommend advance reservations by mail. Send checks ...

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Sugar Pine Point Park, near Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe, CA. The daytime events were held at the grounds of an exact replica of an actual Norse Longhouse, originally built as a private home and donated to the state. There were tours of the house, a Sand Castle contest, which was won by Wilhelm von Schlüssel and Annette of Faire Monte, challenges and melees, and a Ladies’ Favors Elimination lists (the winner got the loser’s favors so the final winner had all the favors, which the ladies could then ransom). Part of the proceeds of the tourney went to the Land Fund. A revel followed at the nearby campground on Saturday night, around a campfire.

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[Favors Elimination lists (the winner got the loser’s favors so the final winner had all the favors, which the ladies could then ransom).] “The finalists looked like kinetic displays in a notions department. If I recall correctly they were Strider of Duramen (the Persistent) and Christopher of Houghton.” – Kevin Peregrynne

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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