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Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 21 2013, 3:45am

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SCAdians? Re-enactors? Can't Post

At Rembrethil's suggestion, I'm starting this thread to see if there are any other medieval re-enactors here. I played in the SCA for about 10 years, known as Lord Peter Bonaventure, or Pete the Bos'n.

That's me on the right.




Most of our combat is with wooden (rattan) weapons, minimum diameter one and a quarter inches. Helmet eyeslots are maximum one inch, so there are no worries about putting an eye out. Pirate

Wounds and deaths are determined by the honor system; if someone hits you hard enough that you think you ought to be dead, fall down and play dead. Ignoring a good hit is called rhino-hiding and will get you hit by someone big and strong enough that you WILL accept it as a deathblow. Nobody likes a rhino.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Aug 21 2013, 4:23am)


Ataahua
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Aug 21 2013, 4:24am

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I hate doing this to a new board member, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

...I've removed your images because they're oversized. Feel free to resize them to our guidelines in TORN 201, which I'll paste below for you, and repost them within this thread:


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How much time do you put into re-enactments?

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 21 2013, 4:46am

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I apologize! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll post smaller versions here:





Both of these are under 525x400; is that all right? I had no intention of violating the rules here. And if anyone wants bigger copies, feel free to PM me.

I was an active member of the SCA for about 10 years. On average, I think I went to an event about one weekend a month and fighter practice once a week, so I certainly put a lot of time into that hobby.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Ataahua
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Aug 21 2013, 4:48am

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Woohoo! Those are good - thanks Meneldor. :) / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


Ataahua's stories


Brethil
Half-elven


Aug 21 2013, 4:49am

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Pictures are lovely! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for posting them. I haven't done any SCA myself but I am always impressed when I see the dedication that goes into much of the detailing.

Do most people craft their own garments, or is there someplace that one orders from?

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 21 2013, 2:22pm

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Garb & more [In reply to] Can't Post

Many people do sew their own garb, but I'm not one of them; my talents lie more towards hitting people with sticks. There are about a kajillion websites where you can buy garb, and many SCA members will be happy to sell what they've sewn, or even take commissions for custom work. There are SCA merchants who make enough money to cover their membership fees and expenses; not many make an actual living doing that, but it can be enough to balance the costs of the hobby.

Don't let my pictures fool you into thinking all we do is fight. I'd guess only 1 in 10 is an authorized fighter. There are also bards, brewers, dancers, equestrians, archers, cooks, taylors, smiths, tanners, weavers, scribes, heralds, chirurgeons, courtiers, and just about anything else that real people did in medieval times. It's not a perfect immersion in medieval history, but there is a kind of magic to it when everything comes together.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Aug 21 2013, 5:19pm

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Soooooo....... [In reply to] Can't Post

How did you get into all of this?

I think that is pretty cool, but I have no transport of my own, and live a good hour from the nearest meet-up.

For any one else who is interested, how would you start?

What would it cost to get in the door?

How cool would it be to see a Sauron and Elendil, Reenactor go head to head?


Brethil
Half-elven


Aug 21 2013, 5:51pm

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I'm rather in the hitting-with-sticks category as well! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Many people do sew their own garb, but I'm not one of them; my talents lie more towards hitting people with sticks. There are about a kajillion websites where you can buy garb, and many SCA members will be happy to sell what they've sewn, or even take commissions for custom work. There are SCA merchants who make enough money to cover their membership fees and expenses; not many make an actual living doing that, but it can be enough to balance the costs of the hobby.

Don't let my pictures fool you into thinking all we do is fight. I'd guess only 1 in 10 is an authorized fighter. There are also bards, brewers, dancers, equestrians, archers, cooks, taylors, smiths, tanners, weavers, scribes, heralds, chirurgeons, courtiers, and just about anything else that real people did in medieval times. It's not a perfect immersion in medieval history, but there is a kind of magic to it when everything comes together.




I would suppose you could provide a very necessary skill, especially if you have a knack for sewing and making things look appropriately period. It must be a bit magic, when people can use their real-world talents to create a bit of a lost world while you are all together. And offsetting cost I am sure is a significant perk - very immersive sort of hobby it seems!

How does one become authorized to fight, BTW?

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 22 2013, 2:34am

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Getting involved [In reply to] Can't Post

Just show up and say, "I've never been to one of these, but it looks cool." We were all new once and we'll take care of you. Most groups have some extra garb for newbies to borrow and at least one person assigned to welcoming newbies.

The basic costs are surprisingly cheap. A typical weekend event was usually about twenty dollars, food included. There is also an annual membership fee, which is not required to attend events, but does get you a discount, so it is worth the cost if you play often.

Most groups have webpages and/or Facebook pages. Making contact and being expected when you show up at a stranger's door is a good thing. You can expect a friendly greeting online as well. With luck, you may even find someone to carpool with.

Learning to fight is no different from getting involved. Just show up and ask if you can try it. Most groups have loaner gear to get the newbies started. Guys, I strongly recommend bringing your own cup. Listen to the people telling you what to do; they have been doing this for years and they want you to have fun, not get hurt, and come back next week.

Have I covered all your questions? If not, ask away!

I almost forgot! You fine folk would probably appreciate the Halloween event hosted by a group in Louisiana: Ork Wars! SCA events normally try to maintain a certain appearance of historical authenticity, but that gets tossed aside at Ork Wars. Most Scadians love costumes, Halloween, and JRRT, so the results are often remarkable. Just consider yourself warned to beware of Billy Balrog!

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Brethil
Half-elven


Aug 23 2013, 2:02am

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Ork Wars sounds like a blast!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Interesting there is a Billy Balrog that lives in my front garden... LaughWink






Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 23 2013, 10:29pm

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Trying not to be rude... [In reply to] Can't Post

But is Billy kind of... well... stoned?

So what is the PC term for those people? Petrified-Maiar? Mobility-Challenged-Valaraukar?

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Brethil
Half-elven


Aug 24 2013, 12:13am

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(**hahahah!!!*) Yes, my Billy is a bit of a stone-r ... [In reply to] Can't Post

I think he's a Balrog-Troll hybrid. I suppose I should have offered him a beach umbrella!!! LaughWinkCool

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








CuriousG
Valinor


Aug 27 2013, 12:09am

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I notice he has wings [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad we've settled that issue once and for all. Wink


Brethil
Half-elven


Aug 27 2013, 12:53am

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Indeed -- he does have wings! [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow. Maybe I should have posted his picture years ago. Wink On the other hand I did enjoy all that debating...

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 27 2013, 2:54am

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More pictures, anyone? [In reply to] Can't Post

Since the previous pictures focused on heavy fighting, I ought to show some other aspects of Society life.
Here's a royal court; my kneeling kilted friend is receiving his Award of Arms; he is now recognized as a noble and may be addressed as Lord (Name).


This is the deadliest archer I know. He regularly wins the kingdom archery contest.


Horse archer at work.


Water bearers! The wonderful people who bring drinks to the battlefield for the thirsty fighters. Dehydration is the biggest danger in SCA combat.


Swashbucklers on our portable "ship" the Briar Rose. Fencing with rapiers is a whole 'nother game, rather different from heavy fighting, and crazy fun!


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


CuriousG
Valinor


Aug 27 2013, 10:50am

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Expert archers are amazing [In reply to] Can't Post

I took a class in it once, but never had the finesse for it to become very good. Watching pros in action is quite a spectacle. I hope that skill never dies out.


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Aug 27 2013, 1:35pm

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This looks like fun [In reply to] Can't Post

But I have no transport/time!!

Maybe after school is over......


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 27 2013, 11:37pm

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Well, since you can't play... [In reply to] Can't Post

...at least you can look at more pictures of other people playing, right? :D

Fox puppets at the head table for feast. There may be a good reason for this. Then again, knowing those two, there may not be.


This was a Princess Bride themed event. Those are, obviously, ROUSes.


That's a baroness with a glaive. She's a fun one to fight.


The lady standing on the left has been kingdom bard several times. She's an amazing singer and composer.


The annual Gulf Wars Ravine Battle. Been there, done that, got the bruises. Good times!



They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 28 2013, 12:56am

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SCA? [In reply to] Can't Post

I just occurred to me that I haven't explained what the SCA is. The Society for Creative Anachronism began in the 60s as a party for friends who wanted to escape the modern world for a day. It has expanded over most of the world with many thousands of members. The only requirement to join is that you want to play at living the good parts of medieval history. For more info and to find the group nearest you, go to www.sca.org


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Aug 29 2013, 2:34am

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Memories, all alone in the moonlight [In reply to] Can't Post

Since I started this thread, I've been enjoying looking at all the old pics in dusty folders that I haven't opened in ages. So if no one minds, I'll share a few more of my favorites.

Feast at a middle eastern themed event. That's me in the purple. I remember that the food was great, but I'm a really big fan of chairs.


King John the Tall. I think he's 6'5", strong as a troll, and quick as an elf. I'd guess my average fighting against him was probably about .01 on a good day.


Warpaint looks better on some people than others.


Firedance.


Mutiny on the good ship Briar Rose! Yours truly is already "dead" and sprawled on the maindeck at the foot of the mast.


Leaping from the quarterdeck with a sword in each hand. Yarrr!



They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 1 2013, 3:06am

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Found a few more favorites... [In reply to] Can't Post

Fighting 2 vs 1 is fun. The 1 needs to be quick on his feet.


Archery range


This is a baron, and one of the funniest guys I know. Also a talented beat poet.


Fencing demo at a Civil War era fort in Maine. I'm using my curved blade rapier and a belaying pin; my opponent has a straight rapier and a buckler.


Heavy longsword duel


The end of a rapier duel between ladies


That's me, bottom center, back to the camera, in a red and black surcoat with a prancing ram (colors of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann)



They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 1 2013, 3:30am

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Pics are amazing! [In reply to] Can't Post

I must say I really get a kick out of that Sissies poster. Hysterical!!!!! SmileSmileCoolCool

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 2 2013, 5:07pm

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The most beautiful ladies I've ever known [In reply to] Can't Post

play in the SCA.



This is my favorite queen with her youngest of four. (She had one, then twins, then another one, known as the heir, the pair, and the spare.) Not only is she pretty and sweet, she fences and sings sea shanties.


Don't let the beautiful face and sweet smile fool you; she can carve you like a turkey with rapiers and daggers. But she's so much fun that you'll love the way she kills you.


A whole couchload of pretty ladies welcomed me home after my last deployment to Iraq. These aren't just people I played with; I've had many real caring friends in the SCA. That's probably because most of us genuinely try for virtues like courtesy, honor, and chivalry.


Most SCA ladies are also world-class huggers. :)


One more pretty girl picture, and for the ladies, a baron whom SCA ladies seem to find attractive.



They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 4 2013, 4:33am

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More action shots, you say? [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh, very well.


That's me in the middle, and this, gentlemen, is known as a target rich environment.


If you ever get a chance to fence on a giant seesaw, do it. Not only does it make you very aware of your footwork, it's crazy fun!


Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, that really is a dueling plague doctor.


Me and my madu. The madu is a weapon from northern India, basically a buckler with two long spikes sticking out of it. I was never able to do much with it offensively, but it makes a great off hand parry weapon, and it looks intimidating.


Knife fight. I was pretty quick back in the day, but that kid I'm fighting is insanely fast.



They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Sep 6 2013, 12:39am

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Funny pics. [In reply to] Can't Post

Medieval style scrolls are given as awards for exceptional service to the society, and talented indeed are the artisans who draw them. Someone found this image in a medieval bestiary:

That image inspired this award scroll, which presumably has an amusing tale behind it. Those of us who know him easily recognize the prone form of one of our kings, Jon the Tall. The artist should also be commended for the smirk on the face of the llama.


Apparently, it's good to be king, and it's tedious to be queen.


Friends being silly.


Royal courts are supposed to be solemn, ceremonious affairs. I had the royals and their entire entourage in stitches when I inducted the young lady into the order of the stick.

I was instructing her in the words I had composed for the edification of members of the Order of the Stick, which began, "This is my stick. There are many like it, but this one is mine." I concluded by yelling, "Show me your war face!" She did. I want to go to her war.


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

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