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The Eighth Year

(No event title) -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
September 6, 1973

The first issue of the new Shire publication was mailed, titled Durindana, which derives from the name of Roland’s sword. Edward of Southhaven was the editor. Freeman Stone was now the herald.

“The title "Durindana" was deemed too eclectic, therefore the name change next issue. The first issue was pathetic as only a novice fan publication can be - rife with misspellings and misprints, bad syntax, gush, pseudo-medieval malapropisms, and pirated non-period fantasy art. The layout alone causes serious hemorrhaging. One good thing format was photo-offset. (In those days The Page was still mimeo.)
     “David & Cheryl White (Castlewhyte) funded those first few issues out of their own pocket. In fact I'm uncertain if the newsletter ever became self-funding under my byline.” – Edward of Southhaven

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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