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The Twelfth Year

Leif Eriksson Day Tourney -- Barony of Calafia
October 8-9, 1977

From The Page (October, 1977):

The Barony of Calafia and the members of the Viking Anti-Defamation League invite you to attend a Lief Eriksson Day Tourney in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, on October 8 and 9.

This tourney will revive many (but not all) of the games played each Fall in medieval Scandinavia. Tentatively scheduled events include: Holmgangs (2-man fighting teams: 1 holds the shield and 1 swings the sword); Icelandic wrestling; knife, axe, and stone throwing; and archery. Headbands will be given as prizes.

CONTESTS include Scandinavian cooking, chess competition, Icelandic/Viking headband construction (Celtic or Viking theme and construction will be counted; headbands will be used as awards for other events), and Gripping Beast Art Contest (best piece with art with Gripping Beast motif).

There will also be Norwegian Folk music, Danish Folk dancing, Norse stickball (???), and a "massage competition". For further information, suggestions, or volunteering to help, please get in touch with Trygvvi Halftrollson (contact info omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Tryggvi Halftrollson was the autocrat. There were contests in ale, art, archery, chess, Color This Poster, dancing, food, fox and geese (a game), hardanger embroidery, holmgang duels, Icelandic wrestling, Masthead design, massage, music, national costume, Norse Stickball, and there were Raven-courts, a revel, the Calafian Tapestry (For ladies to sew on), a fight on the Stamford Bridge between the Vikings and the rest, and a Viking Headband contest.

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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