Grim the Skald
Grim the Skald at Pennsic 37
Or, on a saltire cotised gules, a Norse sun cross argent
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Grim the Skald joined the SCA in 2001, after resisting for several years. As his nickname implies, he is a Skald, a poet and storyteller. He currently resides in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows. He was elevated to the Order of the Laurel in the first reign of Konrad and Brenwen (July 2008.)
Grim is a 11th Century Icelander, born in 1035. As many Icelanders do, he has travelled, putting both his poetic skills and his sword at the service of many kings. He has settled down in Concordia of the Snows in the 30th year of his life. He has quickly come to enjoy the life and responsibilities of a court Bard, he has served the Baron of Concordia, six Kings, and three Queens of the East. He has also served Baron Angus Kerr as a herald.
He takes pride in the poetry he has written for the people of the East, which at this stage is approaching a decent sized body of work. Should you have a tale of word-fame that should be passed on, let him know, and something may develop. He has been known to do commissions.
In the past, he has served as both the King and Queen's bard of the East. It is not altogether unlikely he will do so again, but at present he is enjoying being a Skald at large.
There is a person who distinctly resembles Grim the Skald who dresses in 14th Century garb. He has written a number of 14th Century Alliterative works. This person is named Matthew Grymm. For some reason he responds more readily to his last name than his first.
Matthew is married to Isabel de Bayonne.
Offices & Positions
- Current Marshall of Fence for the Shire of Anglespur
- Snowflake Pursuivant (Concordia's Herald) from April 2006 to 2010
- Two terms as King's Bard, first to Lucan von Drachenklaue VII, Gryffith FitzWilliam, and Andreas der Eisfalke III, the second to Edward Grey of Lochleven II, Gregor von Heisler IV, and Kenric aet Essex II.
- Currently the Crown Bard of the East Kingdom, as chosen by Queen Margarita
- Herald to Baron Angus Kerr
- Queen's Bard to Brenwen the Faire II, Marguerite Ingen Lachlainn, Aikaterine FitzWilliam II
- Grim was the Concordian Division Commander of the Snowberg Army for a year, before health reasons forced him to step back from armored combat.
- Rapier fighter in Storm Guard.
I have written a rather large body of poems in varying Norse styles, as well as a few other miscellaneous works. I will link it here as I add it.
- Contributor to the Eastern Edda
- Contributor to the History of the Snowberg Army
- Writer of a number of poems for Queen Marguerite
- A poem for Duchess Brenwen
- Matthew Grymm has written a number of 14th Century Poems
- Here is a page of Grim's Adaptations of Norse Poems
I have a PDF with all of my poetic material. It can be found [here.]
I have written a number of articles on various subjects. Most of these are PDF documents which I will link here.
- Norse Poetry Overview Handout - this is my class handout for an overview on Norse Poetry. It was last edited 8/01/2019
- 14th Century Alliterative Poetry Handout - this is my class handout for writing 14th Century Alliterative Poetry
- Period Poetry Forms this is a document I constructed for my own reference going into detail on how to write in various forms of poetry in period. A lot of this is from personal observation of the actual period poems rather than reading scholarly articles, so the information within may reflect my own opinion rather than any kind of consensus.
- Master Book of Patterns - A ton of patterns I use for sewing, a few for other purposes such as armor and bucklers.
- Constructing a Center Grip Buckler - A how-to on constructing a center-grip buckler with a hardened leather boss.
- Examples of Swords - A collection of images of SCA period swords along with where they are displayed and the information that source provided.
- Examples of Rapiers - As above, but Rapiers.
- Examples of Daggers - As above, but daggers.
Grim has assembled three books showing examples of Viking-Era rings - he has re-created some of these as his tokens. These are photographs of artifacts from museums and other sources, like the swords, rapiers, and daggers above.
- Viking-Era Arm-Rings - Arm rings or bracelets
- Viking-Era Finger-Rings - Finger Rings
- Viking-Era Neck-Rings - Neck rings or torcs