Thory Vedardottir

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Thory at St. Eligius.
Resides: Carolingia
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
Azure, a winged ounce rampant within an orle argent.
On a Thor's hammer sable, in fess the runes Thorn, Othila, Raido, Eoh argent.
Award & Office Badges



My name is Þórý Veðardóttir. (It's said like "Hooray!" with more Thor.) I joined the Society in March anno societatis 47.


I'm a Viking Shield Maiden from the village of Tønsberg in the Northlands. According to the Christian method of counting years, it's 894 A.D. Like many other sailors, I follow Thor. I usually bring my Runestones to gatherings and enjoy giving readings.

I am part of Camp Crooked Cat at Pennsic.


I'm a student of the East Kingdom Herald University. I recently became the Golden Gryphon Herald, the title for the Carolingian Herald Pursuivant.

I registered my name and device within a few months of joining the Society, which is quite unusual. Many people take years to decide on a time period, persona, and name. My former partner convinced me to join the Society because he saw the Old Norse dictionary on my desk--I was researching the Vikings for my alternate history novel.

I was fortunate that an amazing website is dedicated to Viking personas, clothing, customs and names: The Viking Answer Lady Webpage! My former partner suggested that I should start from the back of the alphabet when choosing a name (I have since met more people with "A" names than I can shake a stick at!) So I looked at the end of the Women's Names Section where the "Þ" names started, and found "Þórey" which indicated a devotee of Thor with unusual luck. Since my luck is odd, both extremely good and extremely bad, I decided this was a good omen and chose it. The spelling was changed to "Þórý" by the Heralds to better fit historical accuracy.

For a last name, I looked no farther than "Stormsdotter:" the handle I'd used for email and LiveJournal and everything else on the Internet for over a decade. (It was the last name of a LARP character. The "er" ending is incorrect for Scandinavia, and is a deliberate hat-tip to Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion books.) I looked up the Old Norse word for "Storm" and "Veðar" is a pun on my legal name, so I went with it. I added the name with the standard Viking female name suffix, "-dotter".

I'm primarily an Armory Herald, and I want to tell you about the designs of my device and badge. I have to refer to my registered design as my 'device' rather than my 'arms' because I have not yet been awarded the right to display arms. This is why the first award given in the Society is almost always the Award of Arms. To clear up a few common misconceptions, anyone can register a name, device and badge, regardless of their age and membership status.

My device is 'Azure, a winged ounce rampant within an orle argent.' This means it has a blue background, with a silver winged cat in the default posture, rampant. The orle is the extra silver border. The design comes from a combination of heraldry of my favorite author's two lady knights. Tamora Pierce's first lady knight, Alanna the Lioness, has a shield of red with a gold lioness rampant. Her second lady knight, Kel the Protestor of the Small, has a blue shield with a silver owl and an extra silver border, a detail which distinguishes a lady knight in her books.

As a Herald, I consider myself an honorary member of House Ravenclaw, and my favorite colors are blue and silver. I don't like owls and am a cat person, so I wanted a silver lioness rampant on a blue field with the extra silver border. Due to the sheer enormity of registered devices in the Society with cats, the device I designed conflicted with another lady's. My consulting herald suggested putting wings on the cat, which I later learned was a very common solution for clearing conflicts. Since I was going for a combination of cat and owl, I was quite pleased with this alteration. My only regret is that my device is registered as an 'ounce' rather than a 'lioness.'

My Badge is much easier to explain. I've been putting hammers on a number of my things that the muggles see, so that was a clear choice for a base. To further distinguish the black hammer as my own, I wrote my name in silver Elder Futhark Runes: Thorn, Othila, Raido, Eoh. Since the Elder Futhark doesn't map perfectly to English, my name ends up being TH-O-R-EI.

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Just for Giggles

I joke about everything. It's how I deal with the world: no matter what goes wrong, I look for the silver lining and try to at least make others smile. In a discussion in the Heralds' email list, I mentioned that I'd been meaning to change the words of Beyoncé's Put a Ring on It to Put a Wing on It.

Herald Alexander in Meridies came up with the following:

All the single charges (All the single charges)

All the single charges (All the single charges)

All the single charges (All the single charges)

All the single charges

Now put your hands up

[Verse 1]

Up in the tub, we just conflict up

I'm doing my own little thing

You decided to dip but now you wanna trip

Cause another herald noticed me

I'm up on him, he up on me

don't pay him any attention

Cause I cried my tears, for three good years

Ya can't be mad at me


Cause if you liked it then you should have put a wing on it

If you liked it then you should've put a wing on it

Don't be mad once you see that he has it

If you liked it then you should've put a wing on it

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[Verse 2]

I got gloss on my grips, a rose on my slips

Hold me tighter than my peon jeans

Acting up, drink in my cup

I could care less what you think

I need no permission, did I conflict?

Don't pay him any attention

Cause you had your turn

And now you gonna learn

What it really feels like to pass me


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Don't treat me to these things of the world

I'm not that kind of charge

Your dove is what I prefer, what I deserve

Is a man that makes me then takes me

And delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond

Pull me into your arms

Say I'm the one you want

If you don't, you'll be alone

And like a ghost I'll be gone

All the single charges (All the single charges)

All the single charges (All the single charges)

All the single charges (All the single charges)

All the single charges

Now put your hands up

Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh

Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh

[Chorus x2]

Wuh uh oh