Greetings to All,


The Armorial has been updated to reflect the items in this LOAR.


In Service,


Gunnar Thorisson

Vert Hawk Herald



CALONTIR Acceptances

* Aleidis Zophilare. Name.

* Bryniˇlfr Brandssmi­r. Name.

Brandssmi­r is a constructed Old Norse byname meaning "swords-smith," based on attested examples from Lind including ěxarsmi­r (axes-smith).

* Gaius Flavius Auxilius. Device. Or, a gurges sable surmounted by a hexagonal gemstone and on a chief gules a sword reversed Or.

There is a step from period practice for having an overall charge surmount a gurges.

Artist's note: Draw the gemstone larger.

* Giulia Isabella da Venezia. Badge. Purpure, a bend sinister cotised between two roses argent.

This does not conflict with the device of Fiona Julienne nic Lowry, Purpure, a bend sinister between two garden rosebuds slipped and leaved bendwise sinister argent. There is a DC for adding the cotising and another for the difference between a rosebud (which is no longer registrable) and a rose.

* Johannes Gast. Badge. (Fieldless) Issuant from the top of a tower sable a demi-bear gules.

* Judith Warrenne. Name and device. Argent, an enfield rampant and on a base azure a rose argent.

Nice 16th century English name!

* Kßta in kyrra. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for "Viking." Both elements are Old Norse, found in the Viking age (circa 1100), so this name meets that request.

* Knorr bestingr. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Originally submitted as Knorr bestinger, Kingdom changed the o in the given name to an o-ogonek ({o,}), apparently believing it was required to do so. However, simplified Old Norse transliterations that substitute o for {o,} are permitted under Appendix D of SENA. Therefore, we have changed the given name from Kn{o,}rr back to the originally-submitted Knorr.

Although the Letter of Intent correctly cited Geirr Bassi's The Old Norse Name for the byname bestinger, additional research has revealed that Geirr Bassi misspelled this element; the correct spelling, bestingr, was found in Lind. Therefore, we have changed the byname to the correct spelling for registration.

* Kumagaya Jiroutarou Hideyoshi. Name and device. Argent, a bear dormant within a bordure sable.

* Michael the Wanderer. Name and device. Per chevron azure and Or, two sheaves of arrows and a triskelion of legs counterchanged.

By precedent, the Wanderer is registerable as a lingua Anglica form of the constructed Middle English byname le Wanderare. [Trumbrand the Wanderer, September 2015, A-Ealdormere]

* OddnŠfR knarrarbringa. Name and device. Per fess vert and Or, a sea-boar counterchanged.

Questions were raised in commentary whether the spelling of the byname knarrarbringa needed to be changed because the given name OddnŠfR is masculine and the only attested bearer of this byname was female. It does not. Knarrarbringa is a noun, not an adjective; Old Norse bynames that take the form of nouns do not need to match the gender of the given name.

* Rose Mahler. Name.

The Letter of Intent cited Socin for the given name. However, the attested element in Socin is actually R{oe}se. Fortunately, Rose is easily found as a given name in 16th century English and the February 2015 Cover Letter permits 16th century English given names to be borrowed into German.

* Safiyya al-Zahra Isfahani. Name and device. Argent, a peacock in his pride azure within a four-lobed quadrate cornice purpure.

The given name and first byname are Arabic, while the second byname is Persian; this is an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

The submitter may be interested to know that an entirely Arabic form of the name would be Safiyya al-Zahra al-Isfahaniyya. If she prefers this form, she may make a request for reconsideration.

* Sol Argilo De Santiago. Name.

Questions were raised in commentary about the construction of this name and whether double given names were found as early as the 11th century, when the name elements Sol and Argilo were attested. Elsbeth Wulffeld found 11th and 12th century examples of unmarked matronymics in Diez Melcon. Therefore, this name is properly read as given name + unmarked matronym + locative, a registerable pattern in Spanish.

In addition, heralds at the Pelican decision meeting found examples in CORDE of 15th and 16th century locative bynames in which De was capitalized, including Juan De Mašuela and Juan De Arguijo. Therefore, we do not need to change the capitalization of the submitted De Santiago.

* Thorlein Knochenhauer. Name (see RETURNS for device).



CALONTIR Returns

* Anastasia da Carrara. Device. Quarterly Or and azure, a mullet of eight points counterchanged within a bordure sable.

This device is returned for conflict with the device of Hannah of Tarshish, Quarterly Or and azure, a sun within a bordure counterchanged. There is one DC for change of tincture to the bordure, but no difference between a sun and a mullet of eight points.

* Dashunegen of Calontir. Name change from Dash Unegen.

We found no evidence of compound Mongol names using the elements Dash or Unegen. While Dash Unegen of Calontir would be registerable, the submitter allows no changes. Therefore, this name must be returned.

* Knorr bestingr. Device. Argent, a valknut sable between two axes addorsed in pile gules and in chief three escutcheons sable.

The escutcheons and the axes are part of the same secondary charge group. SENA Appendix J notes that all designs with two charge groups on the field are presumed registrable; however, SENA A3D2c, Unity of Posture and Orientation, requires that "charges within a charge group should be in either identical postures/orientations or an arrangement that includes posture/orientation" The fact that the escutcheons are in fess and the axes are in pile, and so must be blazoned separately, means that this device must be returned for violating A3D2c.

Please note that if the escutcheons and the axes were two separate secondary groups, we would need documentation for that pattern, per Appendix J.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a valknut.

* Thorlein Knochenhauer. Device. Per pale gules and azure, a boar rampant dismembered Or maintaining a bone fracted argent.

This device is returned for redraw. In the return of Kjartan kjalki Kolgrimsson in the LoAR of January 2009, it was stated:

On resubmission, the submitter should also draw the dismembered goats using medieval dismembering. Legh's Accedens of Armory, 1576, fo.48v, shows a lion dismembered. The severings are done at the middle of the hind feet, the tops of the forelegs, the breast just below the mane (and just before where the forefeet would attach), and the middle of the tail.


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