Guðrún Svensdotter

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Guðrún Sveinnsdóttir (Rosie of Mountain Freehold) and Thomas (of Mountain Freehold) at A Market Day at Birka, Jan. 2019
Information
Resides: Shire of Mountain Freehold
Status:
Awards: Order of Precedence
Heraldry
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Heraldry Needed
Award & Office Badges
Award of Arms Terpsichore
Minister of Arts and Science

Introduction

In the Freehold, Guðrún (Lady Rosie of Mountain Freehold) enjoys a variety of pursuits. She is heavily into Arts and Sciences (sewing, naalbinding, card weaving, a little embroidery, singing, playing violin, and belly dancing), and is an Underforester in her local Forester's Guild (with interests in wilderness travel/hiking, wildcrafting, medicinal herbalism, and natural dyestuffs). Guðrún has recently started learning about wool processing and spinning, with a focus on historical Norse practices and available materials. She has previously done rapier fencing and German longsword, and would like to someday get back to both.

Persona

Guðrún Sveinnsdóttir, more commonly called Rosie, was born in the early 10th century in Birka to a Norse pagan merchant father (Sveinn Barðison) and Celto-Germanic Christian mother (Geila Marie Widuapfel). Sveinn and Geila met in Hedeby, on one of Sveinn's early trading expeditions. She came back with him to Birka, where his family lived. Sveinn continued trading, but after a time moved his operations to the Volga trade routes. Sveinn and Geila had several children. Guðrún's older sister Brígiða (by 11 years) was their first child. When Brígiða was 15, she traveled with her father to Baghdad and married the Abbasid Persian trader Hakim ibn Zuhayr. Olafr was born 3 years after Brígiða, and is currently working the trade routes with his father. The next two brothers died young (one from illness, the other from accident -- Guðrún never met one, and barely remembers the other). Two years after Guðrún was born, her parents had another son, Bjorn, who was apprenticed to the local blacksmith as soon as he was old enough to swing a hammer. When Guðrún was 6, her mother died in childbirth, & her father took Guðrún to live with her sister in Baghdad. She spent the rest of her childhood there. Among the many other things she learned in Persia, Guðrún fell in love with the local dance forms and music. As a play on her name, some of her friends nicknamed her "Gulrun," which means "essence of rose" in Persian. (Later on in the Knowne Worlde, this was translated to "Rosie," which is her most commonly used name today.) When Guðrún was 16, her father brought her back to Birka to take care of her paternal grandmother Amma Hildr (a healer and volva), who had retired from her traveling work. In their time together, Amma Hildr taught her granddaughter much of herbal and healing craft. While taking some food to her brother Bjorn one day, Guðrún met the local blacksmith, Thomas. They fell in love and were married. Eventually Bjorn married as well and took over the forge, and his wife Ásleif took over caring for Amma Hildr. Now free to travel, Guðrún and Thomas found the Knowne Worlde and settled in the Shire of Mountain Freehold.

Awards

  • Award of Arms -- Panteria 2017
  • Underforester -- Mimir's Well 2019
  • Order of Terpsichore -- Mimir's Well 2020

Offices & Positions

  • Minister of Arts and Sciences, Shire of Mountain Freehold, 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2020

Event Staff

  • Name of Position, Name of Event, mm/dd/yyyy
  • List in Chronological order, oldest to newest

Museum Research Visits

Projects

Naalbound hat, 2018. Second pair of naalbound socks, yellow & red, 2019. Naalbound mittens, 2019. All based on patterns and styles from extant early-period finds.

Rosie Naalbound Socks 1.jpg Rosie Naalbound Hat.jpg Rosie Yellow Naalbound Socks.jpg Rosie Yellow and Red naalbound socks.jpg Rosie's naalbound mittens.jpg

Completed Tiraz Band.jpg Ashmolean Tiraz with Rosettes.jpg Cap Shape with Pinned Tiraz.jpg Abbasid Dancers from Samarra.png Rosie Abbasid Outfit 2019.jpg

  • Toddler Viking-era outfit (for a friend's daughter), Oct. 2019. Based on Birka tunic pattern, Hedeby smokkr, and Skjoldehamm hood.

Birka Dress Toddler.jpg Skjoldehamm Hood Toddler.jpg Smokkr and Brooches Toddler.jpg Viking Toddler Outfit.jpg

  • Walnut-Dyed Birka Tunic and Yarn, Oct. 2019. Based on extant textile dye analysis and availability in Viking-age Sweden.

20 lbs Walnut Husks.jpg Walnut Dye Pot.jpg Walnut Dyed Fabric Drying.jpg Walnut Tunic Finished.jpg Walnut Tunic at Birka, photo by Sandy Casanova.jpg

  • Green Linen Lucet Cord, March 2020. Based on extant Viking-era cording techniques and tools, and beeswaxed for strength.

Linen Lucet Cord.jpg Lucet cord in progress.jpg

Eide Pouch Inside Out.jpg Eide Pouch Right Side Out.jpg Eide Pouches Wrapped.jpg

Publications

  • Name of Project/Publication, Other info, mm/dd/yyyy
  • List in Chronological order, oldest to newest

In Case of Court

Please contact Lord Thomas of Mountain Freehold.


Gallery

Shetland Night Demo, Feb. 2020 Rosie's Underforester Scroll, March 2019 Rosie's Abbasid dancer's garb, Pennsic XLVIII (2019) Rosie in Roman garb, Pennsic XLVIII (2019) Rosie and Tom, Pennsic XLVIII (2019)