Guðrún Svensdotter

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Guðrún Svensdotter (Rosie of Mountain Freehold) and Thomas (of Mountain Freehold) at A Market Day at Birka, Jan. 2019
Resides: Shire of Mountain Freehold
Awards: Order of Precedence
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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.


Award of Arms -- Panteria 2017

Underforester -- Mimir's Well 2019


Guðrún Svensdotter, more commonly called Rosie, was born in the early 10th century in Birka to a Norse pagan merchant father (Sven Barðison) and Celto-Germanic Christian mother (Geila Marie Widuapfel). Sven and Geila met in Hedeby, on one of Sven's early trading expeditions, and she came back w/ him to Birka, where his family lived. Sven continued trading, but moved his operations to the Volga trade routes. Sven 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.

Offices & Positions

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

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In Case of Court

Please contact Lord Thomas of Mountain Freehold.


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)