Magnús hvalmagi

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As King's A&S Champion, Coronation of Kenric and Avelina, A.S. L
Resides: Concordia of the Snows
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
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Or, a gurges gules and on a chief sable three sheaves of barley Or
Award & Office Badges
Companion of the Order of the Maunche Troubadour Companion of the Order of the Laurel Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescent


Order of the Pine, Barony of Concordia of the SnowsOrder of the Ram's Horn, Barony of Concordia of the SnowsMaster Brewer


Magnus hvalmagi (called Magnus the Stout) joined the SCA in May 2010 (at the insisting of his lady Finnguala), attending the War of the Roses in Concordia as his first event.

As the nickname may suggest, Magnus enjoys brewing of all sorts - beer is his specialty. He is also a storyteller and poet in the skaldic tradition. He is formerly apprenticed to Master Toki Redbeard, is a resident of the Vestfell Farmstead, and resides in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows.

As the nickname may further suggest, Magnus likes to play around with cooking, and is known for having ample, tasty meat.

In the mundane world, Peter Olsen is a food safety microbiologist working for a government regulatory agency. He is particularly interested in sensible food production practices, adequate and accessible food safety communication, and the debunking of various public health myths - including many tied to food.

Peter's other interests include tabletop gaming (board games, pen-and-paper RPG's, card games, etc), electronic gaming, metal music (the louder the better!), cooking, baking, beer brewing, meat curing, and driving too fast.


Magnus has two students - Skarpheðinn inn havi and Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson.

Skarp is learning the art of brewing (well, he's quite accomplished at it, but learning is ongoing) and is a fighter for Eld Vatten. Þórfinnr makes strange beverages from a strange land far to the East.


Magnus' family fled Norway in 925 to get away from the tyrant Harald; following in the steps of many others, they settled in Iceland. Magnus was born in 982 in southern Iceland.

Magnus is privately a pagan who preserves the traditions of his family. He doesn't have a problem with Christianity per se - he just sees very little need to change his outlook on life.

His public face is one of a mild Christian, because it makes trade and such substantially easier.

Magnus has won a fair bit of notoriety and respect among his people. They call him "lærifaðir;" in another language, it means "lore-father." Others call him "master," but he prefers the words of his language.

Offices & Positions

Baronial Bard of Concordia - 2012 - 2013

Chatelaine of Concordia - 2013 - 2017

Queen Thyra II Guard - 2014 - 2015

Baronial Brewing Champion of Concordia - 2015 - 2016

Baronial Heavy Champion of Concordia - 2015 - 2016

King's A&S Champion - 2016 - 2017

Guildmaster, East Kingdom Brewers' Guild - 2016 - 2021

Special Deputy to Kingdom MoAS (rubric development and K&Q A&S judging) - 2017 - 2019


Award of Arms - Gregor III and Kiena, Fall Crown Tournament, November 2011

Order of the Friends (Baronial "welcome") - Pierre de Tours, War of the Roses, May 2012

Companion of the Troubadour - Edward II and Thyra, Coronation, October 2012

Companion of the Maunche - Gregor IV and Kiena II, Northern Region War Camp, July 2013

Order of the Pine (Baronial service) - Pierre de Tours, Winter Nights, October 2013

Order of the Laurel - Brennan II and Caoilfhionn II, Writ Coronation October 2015, Elevation K&Q Bardic March 2016

Order of the Ram's Horn (Baronial martial) - Jean Paul and Lylie, War of the Roses, May 2017

Order of the Sapphire (Baronial A&S) - Jean Paul and Lylie, War of the Roses, May 2017

Companion of the Silver Crescent - Ioannes and Honig, Northern Region War Camp, July 2017

Note: I would greatly prefer to have smaller-format scrolls, as wallspace is at a premium.

I feel very thoroughly recognized. Please do not consider me for additional Peerage orders at this time; instead, let's work together to recognize other deserving and thoroughly under-recognized individuals.

Event Staff

Random conscripted labor (kitchen staff, brute squad, LIFT THINGS UP AND PUT THEM DOWN, etc.)

Periodic teaching of various things

Deputy Autocrat - Winter Nights 2012

Instructor (brewing) - Arts and Arrows III, 2013

Autocrat - Winter Nights 2013

Class Coordinator - EK BrewU 2017, 2018

Projects & Publications

Brewing Projects and Links:

On the Quarter of Malt and the Hogshead of Beer

A Redaction of Gervase Markham's "March beer" - War of the Roses 2011 Brewing Competition winning entry

The "March beer" re-done with a more accurate grain bill - June 2011

A Redaction of Gervase Markham's "ordinary beer" - War of the Roses 2012 Brewing Competition winning entry

Brewing Your First "Period" All-Grain Beer - handout from class taught at War of the Roses 2012

“Drykkjabýdrapa” (Song of the Drunken Bee) - A Redaction of an Ethiopian Honey and Bread Beer, Originally Documented by Archbishop Olaus Magnus

Brewing with Egil - A summary of Viking-era ale production research to-date - including developing a specific recipe.

Brewing with Egil: The Poster - An updated iteration of my research into Viking-era ale production, presented in a conference poster format. (most current research)

Take a Cock and Boil Him Well - my adventures in reproducing Digby's cock ale, using a heritage breed of rooster

An Applied Approach to Viking-era Brewing - Building on the method reconstructed from archaeological evidence, I present notes and ideas about translating the principles of Viking-era brewing into a more modern production system

Brewing With Grandpa - K&Q A&S, A.S. L - Using a variety of sources, I fill in the gaps of a written method for producing a 16th century CE Scandinavian beer. The project is composed of 3 parts: reconstructing the malting method (and the malt itself); reconstructing a rotary hand quern; and reconstructing a plausible recipe from the information available.

A Systematic Approach to Historic Reconstruction - My attempt to capture my research philosophy and approach in a manner accessible enough to teach as a class. First half is philosophy, second half is an example of that philosophy applied to recipe redaction.

Poetry & Performance Projects and Links

Copyright Notification: Unless otherwise specified, all pieces distributed electronically or on physical media are governed by a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike-NonCommercial license. You can distribute the work freely as long as you give proper attribution - I prefer "Words by Magnus hvalmagi (mka Peter Olsen)" - and do not engage in commercial endeavors with it. You may also modify or build upon the work, but you must license it the same way I've licensed my work.

Skaldic Poetry 101: Kvithuhattar - An overview of an easy-to-write skaldic verse-form

A Night Bereft of Stars - my first "real" foray into writing independent skaldic verse

I have several lausavisur in the Eastern Edda:

I've also done wordsmithing for a few scrolls (including my own AoA, as I mentioned above):

Tokk's Taunt - an eddic-style work based on an Amon Amarth song.

On the Nature of the Cold - an in-persona performance on the nature of the cold in Iceland

A Challenge Thrown - the opening shot in a flyting

þarmarmal - The Gut-Song

The Saga of Egil Skallagrímsson - an ongoing project to adapt the entire saga of Egil (along with re-poeticizing) into easily-performed stories. The goal is to be able to present a somewhat abridged form of the saga (just the action that concerns Egil) over the course of several nights - the way saga-tellers used to.

More Information


Discord: thewhaleshark#6630

The Draughts are Deep - my project blog compiling beer and poetry/story work