Thank you, Master Gunnar!


On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:03:26 PM CST, Jeremy Sacksteder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Greetings to All,

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

In Service,

Gunnar Thorisson
Vert Hawk Herald

CALONTIR acceptances

* Áine inghean Mhic Con. Name change from Victoria of Standing Stones.

Nice 15th century Gaelic name!

The submitter's previous name, Victoria of Standing Stones, is released.

* Alianora Jehannette des Amandiers. Device. Azure semy-de-lys, an owl displayed maintaining in its talons a spoon fesswise argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a bird other than an eagle in a displayed posture.

* Anna Beckett. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Nice English name from the 13th century onwards!

* Eibhilin O Beirn. Alternate name Yrsa kettlingr.

* Jane Fox of Foxhall. Name change from Constance Wilkicke and device change. Per bend sinister purpure and sable, a fox sejant contourny and a fleur-de-lys argent.

Nice 16th century English name!

The submitter's previous name, Constance Wilkicke, is retained as an alternate name.

The submitter's previous device, Per pale gules and sable, on a bend argent three footprints palewise sable, is retained as a badge.

* Jótun-Kaðall. Name.

* Nemesis Erycina. Name and device. Argent, on a pale purpure a key inverted argent.

Questions were raised in commentary about this name because Nemesis is the name of a Greek goddess. However, there is a strong pattern of Greek names taken from the names of gods or goddesses. LGPN has 10 examples of real people who bore the name Nemesis.

No other parts of the name or armory imply that the submitter is claiming to be the goddess. The byname Erycina indicates that the person is from Eryx, a town in Sicily. There is no connection between that location and the goddess Nemesis. Therefore, this name can be registered.

* Nemesis Erycina. Badge. (Fieldless) A skull sable maintaining in its jaws a key fesswise argent.

The combination of the name Nemesis with a skull in her badge is not problematic because a skull is not one of the symbols associated with the goddess. Artist's note: Please color in the ocular and nasal cavities with the tincture of the skull.

* Noemy del See. Name.

The submitter requested the byname del Sea if it could be documented. We were not able to do so; therefore, the name is registered as submitted.

* Nut Meg Thorn. Name.

The Letter of Intent assured us that this name was not intended as a "joke name." However, by longstanding precedent, "[t]he fact that this is a 'joke name' is not, in and of itself, a problem. The College has registered a number of names, perfectly period in formation, that embodied humor: Drew Steele, Miles Long, and John of Somme Whyre spring to mind as examples." (Porsche Audi, August, 1992, pg. 28) When considering the registration of joke names, the key question is whether the joke is necessarily a modern one: "Joke names have long been registered, when the reference was not modern." [Mould de Cheder, 2/2011 LoAR, A-Trimaris] A reference to nutmeg is not a modern referent. Therefore, regardless of whether it was intended as a joke or not, this name can be registered.

* Rodrigo of Aston Tor. Blanket permission to conflict with device. Erminois, a cock contourny within a bordure embattled gules.

Rodrigo grants permission to conflict for all armory is that is not identical to his device.

* Skinna-Hrefna. Name.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

* Tatar-un Sechen. Name and device. Per bend argent and gules, a lotus flower in profile gules and a natural tiger rampant argent marked sable, on a chief sable two human eyes argent irised sable.

Submitted as Sechen Tatar, this name was not correctly constructed. For Mongol names using a tribal or clan name such as Tatar, the proper period construction is clan name in the genitive form + given name. This name, therefore, is correctly rendered as Tatar-un Sechen. As the submitter allows all changes, we have made this change for registration.

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

Artist's note: Please draw the lotus flower clearly in profile without lower petals or leaves that might detract from its appearance as a cup-shaped flower.

* Þorfinnr Vattarson. Name and device. Gules, a seawolf maintaining an axe bendwise sinister Or between three mullets of eight points argent.

Submitted as Thorfinn_ V{o,}ttsson, the byname was incorrectly formed for Old Norse grammar. The correct genitive (possessive) form of V{o,}ttr is Vattar, making the patronymic Vattarson.

In addition, the submitter requested that we change the given name to the 10th century Old Norse form, Þorfinnr. With these changes, we are registering the name as Þorfinnr Vattarson.

* Urich von Beren. Name.

The submitter may be interested to know that, in German, Urich is pronounced like "oorich" (with the ch as in the Scottish loch) rather than like the English "Yorick." The German given names Jorick or Jorik are much closer to the submitter's request for sound. If the submitter prefers one of these forms, he may make a request for reconsideration.

* Wulfþryð Maynes. Name and device. Or, on a chalice purpure a cross of Calatrava Or and in chief a loaf of bread proper.

Commenters asked whether this was "excessive" religious symbolism. While the use of bread and goblet is evocative of the Christian Eucharist, SENA A7B2 only prohibits the use of offensive religious symbolism, and states that "Normal armorial designs including single or multiple elements that identify the person with one religious tradition or another are not offensive. Offense requires a level of religious iconography that would raise eyebrows even for believers." We do not believe that this crosses the threshold into offense.

CALONTIR returns

* Anna Beckett. Device. Per pale vert and azure, a pale wavy between a bee and a tree argent.

This device is returned for conflict with the badge of Ealusaid of Ardrenk, Per pale vert and azure, a pale wavy between two hares combatant argent. There is one DC for changing the type of secondary charge.

* Duncan þe Eard-stapa. Name and device. Per chevron inverted azure and argent, a drinking horn fesswise argent and two axes in pile sable.

The submitted byname Eard-stapa is an Old English poetic term meaning "the earth-stepper, wanderer." The submitter's previous name submission, Donnchad Eardstapa, was returned on the March 2011 Letter of Acceptances and Returns with the following explanation:

The byname was constructed from a word that appears in use only in a poetic context. Without evidence that bynames were created from poetic terms in Anglo-Saxon or that the term eardstapa was used more generally, we cannot register it as a byname.

Although the Letter of Intent provided evidence of Middle English bynames relating to traveling, Middle English practices are not evidence for a pattern in Old English.

In addition, the registration of Eoswyth þe Siðend on the April 2013 Letter of Intent does not support the present submission. The byname þe Siðend is the noun form of the Old English verb siðian, meaning "to travel." The proposed byname þe Eard-stapa, however, is a poetic construction. While we have evidence of bynames created from verbs, there continues to be no evidence of more fanciful and poetic terms such as "earth-stepper" being used as bynames in Anglo-Saxon England. Therefore, the reason for the original return was not adequately addressed and this name is once again returned.

The submitter may be interested to know that the Anglo-Saxon byname þe Siðend can be combined with the Scots given name Duncan. In addition, the byname the Wanderer was ruled registerable on the September 2015 Letter of Acceptances and Returns as lingua Anglica form of the constructed Middle English byname le Wanderare. Finally, any of the attested Middle English bynames in the Letter of Intent can be combined with the Scots Duncan.

This device is returned for violating SENA A3D2c, Unity of Posture and Orientation, which states "The charges within a charge group should be in either identical postures/orientations or an arrangement that includes posture/orientation" The charges here are not in a unified orientation, as the orientation and arrangement of the axes in base had to be blazoned separately from the horn in chief.

* Edward Logan de Munro. Device. Per bend sinister azure and sable, a ribbon fesswise surmounted by a mask of comedy, conjoined in chief to a jester's cap, a bordure argent.

This device is returned for violation of SENA A3D1, which requires that "Charges in an armorial design must be clearly organized into charge groups. Depictions of charges that blur the distinction between charge groups will not be allowed. Depictions of charges that that are ambiguous as to what sort of charge group they belong to will not be allowed." The mask and the cap are of relatively equal visual weight, though the cap is somewhat larger than the mask. However, the mask is centered on the shield, while the cap is pushed to chief. This blurs the distinction between co-primary and primary/secondary charges.

This device is also returned for use of a ribbon as a charge. In the June 2005 return of Bronwen Selwyn's badge, (Fieldless) A fox's tail palewise, tip to base, proper, its couped end "recurved" and tied at its base with a ribbon vert, it was ruled "A ribbon is not registerable as a stand-alone charge; that is, as a primary, secondary, or tertiary charge. However, in this case the ribbon is equivalent to a hawk's jesses: a blazonable detail or ornamentation, rather than a charge in its own right." This ruling was upheld in May 2009, with the return of Eadric Anstapa's device: "The ribbon in this submission is an overall charge, which is neither ornamentation nor merely a blazonable detail. It is a charge in its own right, therefore, this submission must be returned." In the submitted artwork, the ribbon spans the width of the field, and is half the height of the mask that overlays it. Visually, it has just as much impact as the mask, and cannot be considered a simple artistic detail. Upon resubmission, the submitter should consider either omitting the ribbon entirely, or else drawing it thin and less spread.

* Veyl Robertsson. Device. Per pale argent and gules, two pallets argent and a chief sable.

This device is returned for violation of SENA A2C1. In the June 2016 return of the device of Guencenedl ben Madudain, it was ruled:

Per SENA A2C1:"Elements must be drawn in their period forms and in a period armorial style." Blazoned as Per pale paly sable and argent and sable, the fact that we have the same tincture on both sides of the argent stripes creates the overwhelming impression that it's not a per pale field, but a sable field charged with pallets on one half. A field with offset pallets overlapped by both the dog's head and the shamrock is not a period pattern of charges. Barring period evidence, this pattern of offset pallets is not registerable.

This device is also returned for the appearance of marshalling the arms Argent, a chief sable and Paly gules and argent, a chief sable. The chief has good contrast with both sides of the field, and therefore does not remove the appearance of marshalling.

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