Tolkien and Chivalry

Chivalry Today: Here is a multi-part article comparing and contrasting the honorable actions of characters in of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy with modern and historical chivalric ideals.

British Archaeological Find Refutes Theory on Tuberculosis Origins

A long-standing theory has held that the Romans brought tuberculosis to England, but scientists have found a 2200-year-old skeleton that invalidates that claim.

Fabricating the Weapons and Armor of The Lord of the Rings

JOM: The November 2002 issue of JOM, a materials engineering e-zine, includes this detailed article, with lots of photos, on the fabrication of the stage weaponry that made LOTR so visually stunning.

Darksword Armory Gives Additional Details on Theft

We recently reported on a theft of merchandise from Darksword Armory that has severely impacted their business. Here is an update from the owners.

Wenches Online

The International Wenches Guild is an organization of over 2000 women (and a few men) throughout North America that grew out of the Ren Faire culture.

SCA Gift Certificates Make Great Holiday Gifts

The main office of the SCA has announced that gift certificates are now available online.

Darksword Armory Theft Takes Toll on Artisans

The theft of $50,000 worth of swords from the Darksword Armory warehouse has made for a bleak holiday season for the artisans and their customers alike.

Atenveldt Laurels' Prize Tourney Showcases A&S Prowess

Atenveldt's recent A&S tourney, held in conjunction with a War Collegium, was highly successful and attracted many participants.

Atenveldt Unveils Improved Web Site

A major renovation has been completed for the Atenveldt Kingdom web site, according to a member of the Atenveldt web development team.

Fellowship of the Ring Extended Version "Easter Eggs"

Lady Brianna McBain reports that the new extended version of "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" DVD contains two "Easter eggs."

A Yule Gift to Calontir

Lady Erzbet Fauconneau and Lord Tiarnan O'Cormicain announce the birth of a son.

"The Books of Kings" on Exhibit in Baltimore

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD will host "The Book of Kings: Art, War and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible" through December 29, 2002.

Photos from Outlands A&S and Other Events

A noble lady from the Kingdom of Outlands has posted photos from several recent events within the kingdom.

Barony of Flame's Christmas Tourney Enjoyed by All

Let your imagination envision the building as a castle and great hall, set in the English countryside during the winter during the Elizabethian period.

Pennsic 32 Web Site Updated

Only eight months until Pennsic, and the Pennsic War web site has been updated on December 6 with the latest information.

SCA "Switch" advertisement

The Quarter: The Quarter, "Trimaris' Perfectly Period Parody Publication", serves up an SCA-oriented satire of the Apple Computer "Switch" ad campaign.

New Articles Added to Stefan's Florilegium

The Honorable Lord Stefan li Rous has just released a list of the newest articles added to Stefan's Florilegium.

Riddle of the King's Relatives: A New Fairy Tale

Roy Harold Andes tells "A fairy tale for lawyers, knights and grownups."

Eclipse Shines Light on Medieval African Astronomical Observatory

New Scientist: In a report from New Scientist, Stuart Clark and Damian Carrington, write that last week's total eclipse of the sun has sparked renewed interest in Great Zimbabwe, a mysterious 13th century stone complex in South Africa, as a solar eclipse predictor.

Jaxarticus and Kathryn Crowned in Outlands

On November 9, 2002, the crown of the Outlands passed from Bela and Elizabeth to Jaxarticus and Kathryn.

Membership Reform Proposal Submitted to SCA Board

Duke Sir Frederick of Holland has formally submitted his membership policy reform proposal to the SCA Board of Directors, with a request that a discussion thereof be added to the January meeting.

Armoring Workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will present a workshop, "Masterpieces in the Art of Metalworking," January 19, 2003.

Upon Traveling to Ruantallen

Lady Andrea MacIntyre writes to her friend, Lady Mary Flynn, of her journey north to the lands of the Barony of Ruantallan (Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).

Smithsonian Declares Runestone a Fake

Star Tribune: 54 years ago, the Smithsonian Institution endorsed the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone. A new study has backed off from that stance.

1200-Year-Old Canoe Found in England

A 16-foot-long dugout canoe was discovered by a fisherman in Dunwich, England, is being studied and preserved by scientists.

Scottish Quarry Holds Historic House

East Lothian Courier: The East Lothian Courier reports that remains of a prehistoric house have been found in a cement quarry.

Ploughs Set to Disturb Ancient Archaeological Goldmine

news.telegraph.co.uk: A 2000 acre archaeological treasure trove, including Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman sites, has been discovered in the Vale of Pickering in North York, a site endangered by potato farmers.

Gotland University Offers Viking Comb CD

A CD on Viking combs and comb-making is available for purchase from Gotland University's Archaeology Department.

Pen-Wielder Takes on East Kingdom Knights

Asbury Park Press: Journalist Bob Cullinane takes an up-close-and-personal look at SCA heavy fighting in an article from the Asbury Park Press.

Ansteorra to Host Known World Dance and Music Symposium

Musicians and dancers of the Known World will gather at the College of Threebridges (Arlington, TX) June 6-8, 2003 for the Known World Dance and Music Symposium.