From The Page (May, 1978):
Thirhalla, the farmstead of Lord Thorgeirr Eikenskjaldi and his lady, Janet of Stonecroft, will be the site for this year's Egil's Tourney. This is near Alpine, Oregon.
SCHEDULE: All participants should check in at the long-booth Saturday morning to get camping assignments and to pay a fee ($1.50 per adult and $.05 per child). This fee is to offset the costs of rented sanitary facilities and of a simple Norse feast. For various reasons, no campsites or fires will be permitted except in assigned areas. Campers should bring their own drinking water, camping gear, food, etc.
For ladies only, there will be a Norse stickball game Saturday afternoon, with commemorative prizes offered. Fighters can participate in challenge rounds, free-form melees, and skirmishes. Rules for Sunday's holmgang tournament will be discussed the afternoon also.
Saturday night will see yet another attempt by the bards to amuse and gratify. The subject matter will be Principality Legents ("Yea verily, I saw it myself!").
Sunday, the Holmgang Lists will begin promptly at 11:00 AM. CONTESTS for the day will be BANNERS, DECORATED DRINKING HORNS, OUTDOOR COOKING, and the METALWORKING FOR LADIES contest discussed below. A firepit with adjustable hooks will be provided for those who want to try medieval-type cooking over a fire. The entries will be served at the high table of the feast, for judging.
CONTEST: GOBLET, CHALICE or other drinking vessel, to be made mostly or entirely from metal BY A LADY. Any materials or techniques available to the medieval metalworker may be used and the piece should be reasonably authentic in style. If a lord is asked for a technique or for advice, he should demonstrate with a sketch or on a scrap, setting neither hand nor tool to the piece itself.
Judging will be based on authenticity, skill in forming and decoration, and overall attractiveness. The winner will receive two Viking aurar (that's 49 grams) of silver. Entries may be brought to the tourney by their makers, sent with trusted friends, or sent to Ulfhedinn inn Vegfarandi, An Tir Master of Sciences, at <address not included>. Bewarned that the vagaries of the Post Offal will not be accepted as excuse for tardiness.
An informal Norse feast will be served at sunset. Everyone should bring his/her own bowls and trenchers. Also during the feast will be a drinking contest based not only on the quantity consumed, but also on how well the avowed sots of the Principality hold their swill.
For those hardy souls wishing to help set up this tournament, two work-party weekends have been planned. The autocrats will need help May 6-7 and May 20-21 with hauling rocks, setting up a rock foundation for the long-booth, marking off campsites, and clearing the field. Lunch will be provided for those who help.
FOR MORE DETAILS: Contact Thorgeirr Eikenskjaldi or Janet of Stonecroft.
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held near Alpine OR at Thorjalla. (See p. 10, May Crier; p. 8 June Crier; p. 15, July Crier)
Description of this event,
© Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
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