“The spirit that I have seen May be the devil; and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness, and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me.”
Ymir, the frost giant, is awoken from his rest at the conflict happening in Denmark between Hamlet and his uncle, Claudius. Ymir, unlike the human occupants of the kingdom, knows that the fate of Denmark rests upon the determination of a victor.
Ymir cares deeply because,
As Ymir is a literal part of the landscape, their personal stake is clear. There must be peace in Denmark, no matter what the cost.
Convinced entirely that Claudius has had his father murdered, due to visions of his father’s ghost, Hamlet seems no other option than to wage a sort of war against his uncle, and his mother, Gertrude, if necessary.
He is determined to hang on to not only the throne, but his new wife, Gertrude. He has always wanted what his brother possessed and finally, it is his! The last thing he needs is Hamlet mucking things up for him both directly and indirectly.
Ymir, the frost giant, is of the mind that the only way that this contention might be resolved is through armed combat. As each side martials an army upon the battlefield, Ymir themselves cannot claim to know who the victor would be, only that this matter must be settled, one way or the other. As a primordial spirit of Norse mythology, they have a vested interest in the peace of Denmark.
The Factual Underpins
Hamlet is based upon history recorded in Saxo Grammaticus’ Gesta Danorum books three (3) and four (4).
It is common knowledge that the Danes of the time period recorded by Saxo Grammaticus were followers of the Norse religion, or the Norse pantheon. This means that their belief system was similar, if not the same, as Icelander, Snorri Sturluson, who recorded the story of Ymir in the Poetic Edda.
The Ymir Event
The war element will be posed as a battle between Hamlet and his uncle, King Claudius. The proposed combatants will choose a side to support, along with the A&S community. War points will be given along those grounds.
In executing this theme, there will be the opportunity to feature original Elizabethan plays by fellow Scadians, theater and drama in court with ghostly apparitions and inconvenient stabbings. Also, someone could hie themselves to the nunnery…
Newcomers Solar: information for Newcomers, a place to ask questions, look at various projects for inspiration, reference books, just a place to hang out.
SCA 101 class: Taught by Mistress Morwenna Trevethan (time to be determined closer to Event).
Newcomers Scavenger Hunt: Available for anyone 10+. A way to meet people and learn about different offices, awards, etc.
ALL MINORS UNDER 10 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN (Any parents wanting to help would be MUCH appreciated!)
Make-n-take historic game in a pouch. This is offered for all ages, including adult. All supplies and patterns provided for various historic games with rules and history. The game board becomes the pouch for ease in taking to events. This will be available all day. A small donation to help cover costs would be appreciated but is not expected or required
Viking Zombie Fish Tag, ages 10+ (or with parental permission given to me to prevent the youngest ones getting hurt)
Viking Fish Tag. For those under 10.
Capture the Fish(capture the flag) ages 10+ or with permission.
Penny toss into the “Skull of our Enemies ” for all ages
Pictures from the Book of Kells available for coloring during the day.
All times will be determined closer to the Event. Any questions, please contact Baroness Mor the Merry at baronessmor AT yahoo Dot com.
Choice of Two Quiche – meat and cheese, spinach and cheese. Oat Porridge with dried fruit and nuts – oatmeal with hazelnut and raisin crumble Fried flans – fried cheese pastries Fruit with quark – fresh fruit and soft cheese
(Fundraiser for the Kingdom Travel Fund, $5)
Pre-registration required: https://forms.gle/pZvcmvyvTLGtufqt5 Choice of: Pork and Onion Stew or Chicken and Cheese Soup or Vegetable Stew (Vegan, GF) Hearty Bread Choice of: Pear Cheese Pie or Baked Apple Beverage Choice of: Warm Cider or Clarrey (non-alcoholic)
Feast Info – Menu TBD
Vegan and Gluten Free* dishes are being planned so that attendees with these needs can get a full meal.
*Note that as a volunteer kitchen, while efforts are made to the best of the staff’s ability to avoid cross contamination, it can not be perfectly guaranteed.
**Oyez: These amenities are listed for ease of reference. The Staff of Ymir does not guarantee that the hours of these restaurants work with your individual plans. Please check with the establishments for availability, etc. Thanks. **
Directions: Take your best route to North Carolina US-1 South to Hoffman. Turn right onto Caddell Rd for 0.6 mi. Continue onto McDonald Church Rd for 3.4 mi. Turn right onto Millstone Rd. go 4.7 mi. Turn right onto Mallard Dr. Go .4 miles into Millstone 4-H Camp.
*Please Note: While much of the camp is wheelchair accessible, some areas of the site are currently under construction and may be restricted.
*Trigger Warning: This site is near enough to an active shooting range that it is common to hear the sounds of distant gunfire throughout the day. Please be aware that some individuals may find this background noise to be uncomfortable or triggering.
Per Millstone 4-H Camp’s policy, pets/animals are NOT allowed onsite unless they are licensed service animals.
For more information about the camp, please consult the Camp Website.
Immediately following court inspections and authorizations will begin in preparation for the day’s tournament.
Four pools are to be fought.
The top eight fighters from these pools advance.
The final eight will be enter a single elimination tournament on a giant cow hide, if a fighter sets one foot off the hide voluntarily (not shoved), they lose the round. The final bout will be to three touches, best two out of three.
There will be a Bear Pit run simultaneously with the round of eight for all of the remaining fighters that did not make the top eight.
Starting just after morning courts.
A novice tourney. Authorization must be less than 3 years old.
A “not-a-peer” tourney. Open to all as long as they do not hold a Martial peerage.
White Scarf prize fight
Cut and Thrust – open to all
Open tourney, any authorized fighter can attend.
Pick ups on a side field during the day with acting marshals as needed.
Concept: Take a moment to enjoy the company of other artisans in a relaxed environment. Attendees are encouraged to snack, imbibe, and indulge in conversation.
NOTE: As the players of Atlantia always deserve the an audience’s full attention, the scheduled performances of the Selected Scenes from Hamlet and The Murder of Thomas Brynde will in no way conflict with one another.
Play: The Murder of Thomas Brynde by Ishmael Reed
Location: Recreation Hall
Date: February 18
Show Time: 1pm – ?
Show Time: TBD
Event: The performance of The Murder of Thomas Brynde by Ishmael Reed
Performance of Selected Scenes from Hamlet
Feast Hall Possessing the Kitchen
Date: February 18
Theme: The theme of Ymir this year focuses on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Concept: A small troupe of actors under the direction of Baroness Sophia the Orange will perform six (6) scenes and monologues from Hamlet, scattered around the event site. Scenes have been selected based on their key role in the story of Hamlet and the recognizable lines the audience will find familiar. If you’ve never seen Hamlet, this is a good first taste, and we recommend seeing the whole play.
Competitions & Display
Flowers and Poisons Challenge
Location: To be held at the History and Learning Centre
Date: February 18
Theme: See Below
Concept: A&S Contest
The use of poison in the act of recompense transcends both culture and time. Hamlet is no exception. By the conclusion of the play, Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet Sr., Hamlet Jr., and Laertes will have all expired by poison.
In keeping with this theme, submit an A&S project related to the study and use of poison. Entries might include but are certainly not limited to:
Research into names and uses of poisons
Dishes or objects that could conceal or deliver poison
Disclaimer: No poisonous substance should be physically incorporated into an A&S entry in any manner. Ignoring this mandate will cause the A&S entry to be rejected from the competition and a request will be made to remove it from site.
Like many women of her time and place, Ophelia uses the language of flowers in order to communicate her thoughts and feelings. In act 4 scene 5, she distributes flowers to the Claudius, Gertrude and Laertes delivering pointed messages to the recipients.
It is in the same act and scene that Ophelia’s drowning is relayed to the audience by Gertrude. Gertrude notes that her floating corpse is accompanied by, “…fantastic garlands did she come/ Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples.”
In keeping with this theme, submit an A&S project related to the study and use of flowers. Entries might include but are certainly not limited to:
Dishes containing floral elements
Actual flowers or flowering plants
Research into how flowers were used or depicted
Calligraphy or painting involving flowers
KASF Open Display
Location: To be held at the History and Learning Centre
Date: February 18
Time: 10am – 3pm
Theme: A preview of entries for KASF 2023
Concept: The artisans of Atlantia are invited to display their works in progress with whatever documentation they may have. There may be an opportunity to receive feedback from other artisans.
The Royal Baker Competition
Details for Atlantia’s Royal Baker Competition can be found here.
Greetings unto all good gentles (oh, what they heck, let’s say hey to the bad ones too!)-
It is I, Dunstan LeHerynmongere, here to share with you the Bardic opportunities that will be at Ymir 48. As all good Vikings know, storytelling and lifting one’s voice to the gods is not just a good thing to do, but a necessary thing. Otherwise you end up with . . . well, bored gods. Which is almost never good.
Beginning at 8:00 pm at the (LOCATION TBD- probably prefer the Learning Center/A&S area but don’t want to step on the meet and greet earlier in the same evening. Could also do it at the feast hall. Would love to do it outside next to a fire if weather will allow.) on Friday evening there will be a completely informal bardic circle that will last until people don’t want to be there anymore. Bring any new material you want to practice or old material you want to share.
POETRY COMPETITION – SHAKESPEARDISLAG!
Master Dunstan LeHeryngmongere is sponsoring a poetry competition based on the ancient poetry forms of Shakespeardislag. This is a hybrid form of poetry that is essentially the combination of standard Shakepearean iambic pentameter in rhymed couplets but that also utilizes the Fornyrdislag practices of consonant rhyming (alliteration) and, where possible, kennings.
For those of you not completely familiar with all the poetical gibberish above- fear not! We welcome all levels of poetical prowess and all you really have to do is scribble down two sentences and call it a poem and you will get at least one point- which will entitle you a chance to win exciting prizes and fame and glory.
(Trust me, I am a bard.)
This will be a simple points only competition with anyone capable of winning but with each point increasing your chances of winning a prize. (Sort of raffle style) The entrant(s) with the poem with the most points will also win a prize.
Points will be scored as follows:
1 point for entering any collection of words that you call a poem. Any style, any format.
1 point if it even vaguely has anything to do with Vikings or Shakespeare.
1 point if it even vaguely has something to do with Vikings AND Shakespeare.
1 point if it makes a good attempt at Iambic pentameter
1 point if that iambic pentameter is (approximately) in rhymed couplets
1 point if it it also includes attempts alliteration (consonant rhyming), at least 2 consonant rhymes in each line (4 per couplet)
1 point if it makes at least one attempt at a kenning.
1 point if it somehow fits into the themes/characters of Hamlet.
So a maximum total of 8 possible points.
All entrants will be given the chance to read their poem (or have their poem read) at the bardic Saturday evening.
BTW, this form never existed in period. I made it up. If you don’t like that, look up the word anachronism. -D.
Beginning at 9pm (LOCATION TBD- probably prefer the Learning Center/A&S area. In the past this sometimes conflicted with dance but thus far I do not see dance on the schedule. Could also do it at the feast hall) on Saturday evening there will be a bardic circle that will last until people don’t want to be there anymore. Anyone who entered the poetry competition will be given the opportunity to recite their poem or have their poem recited for them.
Workshops and Solars
Please fill out the form below if you would like to host a workshop or solar at Ymir.
You are welcome to host a two hour solar for the craft of your choosing. Popular solars include calligraphy and fiber arts, for example, but can be centered around any general activity. Individuals attending a solar anticipate working on their own projects, but surrounded by others.
You are welcome to conduct a workshop on the period topic of your choosing. (However, your topic should have a hands-on component.) This is not as formal as a class, in that people may arrive and leave any time within the hour. Individuals may request assistance with the hands-on activity and/or other projects in the same vein.
The reason behind offering the solar and workshops options at Ymir is done with the sole intent of encouraging Kingdom artisans to learn from one another in a relaxed environment. This provides stress-free conditions to learn something new, work with like-minded individuals, and above all, play.
Please let the reservationist know if you need a wheelchair accessible cabin.
Registration Fee Schedule
* Feast is sold out, please contact the reservationist if you would like to be added to the waitlist. ** Cabins are sold out, please contact the reservationist if you would like to be added to the waitlist.
Note that a registration is not complete until payment is received.
Payment Method 1: Use your bank’s Bill Pay feature:
Use your online banking bill pay system to send the cheque for you.
Log onto your bank’s website, go to the Bill Pay section, and add the event as a bill.
Business: SCA, Inc., Barony of Windmasters’ Hill
Address: Steph Taylor-Morgan 103 Onyx Lane Knightdale, NC, 27545
If possible, include your SCA name in the Memo line.
Then, send an email to the event reservationist with the following info:
Best way to contact you if there are any issues with your reservation:
Total Amount of Check:
Modern & SCA Names of each person you are registering for the event:
Payment Method 2: Mail A Cheque to the Reservationist
To pre-register the old fashioned way and pay by cheque, please make cheques payable to: SCA, Inc., Barony of Windmasters’ Hill
Mail to: Steph Taylor-Morgan 103 Onyx Lane Knightdale, NC, 27545