Drawing depicting the play hosted for the king during Hamlet

The Arts & Sciences

Royal Baker Competition

Friday Night A&S Meet & Greet

Location: History and Learning Centre

Date: February 17

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Hospitality: Beverages and Light Snacks

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.

Performing Arts

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

“I have heard that guilty creatures sitting at a play
Have by the very cunning of the scene
Been struck so to the soul that presently
They have proclaimed their malefactions.
For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ. I’ll have these players
Play something like the murder of my father
Before mine uncle. I’ll observe his looks,
I’ll tent him to the quick.” 

Hamlet, act 2, scene 2, lines 586-594

Performance of Selected Scenes from Hamlet


  • Gate/Upper Hall
  • Fencing Field
  • Merchants
  • 4H Circle
  • Feast Hall Possessing the Kitchen

Date: February 18

Time: TBD

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

“I’ll have prepar’d him A chalice for the nonce, whereon
but sipping, If he by chance escape your venom’d stuck,
Our purpose may hold there”

Hamlet, act 4, scene 7, lines 159-162


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.

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.
Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies,
that’s for thoughts. . . .
There’s fennel for you, and columbines.
There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we
may call it herb of grace o’Sundays. You must wear
your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy. I would
give you some violets, but they withered all when
my father died. They say he made a good end.”

Hamlet, act 4, scene 5, lines 199-201; 204-209


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.

Bardic Activities

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.


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.

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