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Polten

Patrician of Stormark
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  1. Hall of the Jarl of Vinland

    So this is Vinhǫll. I'm impressed by Thorvalds Great Hall. This hall will continue to be the seat of power of Vinland. It will of course need to be 'refreshed', after all, this place has been abandoned for some time. When it is done, there will be a Viking feast. Roasted ox and mead?
  2. Orders in Council #242, Sir Polten: Jarl of Vinland

    Your Highness, I'm honoured. Thank you very much.
  3. Your Highness, I would like Vinland to be a traditional Viking Jarldom. It is situated in the north and therefore it is very well adapted to be a place where Vikings live in their traditional ways. "The cluster of grapes symbolises to Vinland's viniculture where this Jarldom is renowned for since ancient times.": The climate in the Viking nations, this far to the north, doesn't allow viniculture. This is a bit of a problem. In heraldry the grapes not necessarily refer to viniculture. I refer to this website . Grapes also are a symbol of happiness, bliss and peace. Fruits of all kinds was considered Proof of God's goodness. Can that be changed? Your servant, Polten of Yperpen
  4. Vinland - Coat of Arms

    Thank you very much your Highness. I'll get some life into Vinland soon.
  5. Neil Gaiman, my favourite writer, has published a book with Norse Myths. Read the review in the Guardian here. ; For somebody who likes a good story and is interested in the Norse Mythology this is a must-read. Mind you, Gaiman is a story teller. Some of the myths tell the old myths, others are invented.
  6. Polten!

    So I have moved to my cabin in Straumsjøen. Small but comfortable, situated at the fjord. I will try to upload a few summer pictures. Now that winter is approaching, the sun hardly rises above the horizon. Time for contemplation ... I will look for a more suitable accommodation in the next months.
  7. Polten!

    I found a fantastic map of the High Realm of Stormark by one LingonB, commissioned by His Imperial and Royal Majesty. Marvellous! Would I be in anybody's way when I settle in Straumsfjordur? That is in Vinland, next to Normandie. I completely lost track of the who's who in Stormark, so please take no offence if I get in your way. There is absolutely no hurry to restore the house. Let's wait and see.
  8. Polten!

    Dear friends, I hop in every now and then to see how you are doing. I was surprised that there were no more censuses. I went through the recent messages on the board and there are a few interesting Viking Items. I must admit that I have lost my way in politics over here. I'll be there more often (should be possible now that I am retired). Maybe I'll look for a virtual place to settle down. c.u.
  9. Quarterly Census of the Month Glitnir 16

    1. NAME* Polten of Yperpen2. TITLE AND STYLE:3. AGE*: 624. RESIDENCE*: Anywhere5. OTHER NATIONALITIES OR NATIONAL ALLEGIANCES:none6. FOREIGN TITLES AND STYLES: none7. HOUSE: 8. SIM-ID'S CONTROLLED BY YOU: none
  10. Quarterly Census of the Month Vidiland 15

    1. NAME* (legal name please): Polten of Yperpen 2. TITLE AND STYLE: 3. AGE*: 60 4. RESIDENCE*: Somewhere 5. OTHER NATIONALITIES OR NATIONAL ALLEGIANCES: none ] 6. FOREIGN TITLES AND STYLES: none 7. HOUSE: 8. SIM-ID'S CONTROLLED BY YOU: none
  11. Quarterly Census of the Month Glitnir 14

    1. NAME* (legal name please): Polten of Yperpen 2. TITLE AND STYLE: 3. AGE*: 60 4. RESIDENCE*: Somewhere 5. OTHER NATIONALITIES OR NATIONAL ALLEGIANCES: none ] 6. FOREIGN TITLES AND STYLES: none 7. HOUSE: 8. SIM-ID'S CONTROLLED BY YOU: none
  12. Quarterly Census of the Month Himinbjorg 14

    1. NAME* (legal name please): Polten of Yperpen 2. TITLE AND STYLE: 3. AGE*: 59 4. RESIDENCE*: Somewhere 5. OTHER NATIONALITIES OR NATIONAL ALLEGIANCES: none ] 6. FOREIGN TITLES AND STYLES: none 7. HOUSE: 8. SIM-ID'S CONTROLLED BY YOU: none
  13. Vikings: Half of the Warriors Were Female

    Isn't it strange that it takes Australian investigators to find this? Vikings left very little written information and so we depend on their enemies for information and they are not an objective source. On the other hand, I must admit that 13 bodies is not enough to be conclusive information.
  14. What Did Vikings Eat?

    I'm afraid the Norse land was not generous. Life was hard for the Vikings. I think you will find reliable information on these pages: http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/daily_living/text/food_and_diet.htm When referring to the Vikings al raiders and looters, please don't forget that our knowledge of history comes from written sources. The Vikings didn't write much, their enemies, especially Christian folks, wrote a lot of information, not always reliable. You can hardly expect the victims of raids to write gently about the raiders. Just try to imagine what an army of crusaders walking from France across Germany, Balkan, Turkey, Syria to Palestine would steel on it's way. You can't carry all the food and they surely couldn't afford to buy it. Still they wrote history and their wrongdoing is covered by the mists of time ....
  15. 1. NAME* (legal name please): Polten of Yperpen 2. TITLE AND STYLE: 3. AGE*: 59 4. RESIDENCE*: Somewhere 5. OTHER NATIONALITIES OR NATIONAL ALLEGIANCES: none ] 6. FOREIGN TITLES AND STYLES: none 7. HOUSE: 8. SIM-ID'S CONTROLLED BY YOU: none
  16. The article says that Vikings were filthy people. This is probably not true. Follow the link to an interesting article. http://www.danishnet.com/info.php/vikings/cleanliness-139.html. There is an interesting reference to the Arab writer Ibn Fadlan in both articles.
  17. Sir Polten and a Storish Roof over His Head

    I think that was when my firstborn came to this world. I'm not really sure, it's a long time ago. For me, just a star and I keep following my star.
  18. Sir Polten and a Storish Roof over His Head

    I was born under a wandering star .... I've never seen a sight that didn't look better looking back!
  19. 1. NAME* (legal name please): Polten of Yperpen 2. TITLE AND STYLE: 3. AGE*: 59 4. RESIDENCE*: None 5. OTHER NATIONALITIES OR NATIONAL ALLEGIANCES: none 6. FOREIGN TITLES AND STYLES: none 7. HOUSE: house of Yperpen 8. SIM-ID'S CONTROLLED BY YOU: None
  20. Ridder Polten en Sinterklaas

    De staking is gericht tegen de beslissingen van de regering en daar heeft mijn baas, die me beter behandelt dan gemiddeld, niets mee te maken. Ik ben het met de stakers eens dat de overheid te weinig moeite doet om de welstellenden te laten bijdragen maar de meerderheid der Belgen heeft gekozen voor deze rechtse regering en dan moet elke Belg daarmee leven. Ik ben er zeker van dat veel van de stakers gekozen hebben voor deze regering en hun programma. Be careful what you wish for, it might come true!
  21. Ridder Polten en Sinterklaas

    ha, de film. Die heb ik natuurlijk wel gezien. Het hele verhaal is erg geromantiseerd. Hoewel het een strijd was die ging over de feodale verhoudingen tussen de Graaf van Vlaanderen en de Franse koning, ook verstoord door de groeiende macht van de steden, wordt het nu voorgesteld als een strijd tussen het Vlaamse volk en de Franse overheerser. Het 19°-eeuwse romantische boek van Hendrik Conscience 'De Leeuw van Vlaanderen', basis voor de gelijknamige film, neemt een loopje met de geschiedenis. Het werd door de Vlaamse Beweging gebruikt om een Vlaams gevoel te creëren. Hoewel 70% van de Belgische bevolking ten tijde van de afscheuring van de Nederlanden Nederlandstalig was, werd België in het Frans bestuurd. Uit deze tijd van onderdrukking stammen de eerste gulden sporen herdenkingen. Pas na de 20°-eeuwse staatshervormingen waarin Vlaanderen formeel erkend werd (de ontvoogding), kon er een echt feest georganiseerd worden. De Vlaamse Gemeenschap organiseert zelf feestelijkheden maar steunt vooral plaatselijke initiatieven en hierdoor wordt het een volksfeest.
  22. Ridder Polten en Sinterklaas

    Het feest van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap op 11 juli is mijn favoriet. Hoewel gewone loonslaafjes als ik er geen vrije dag voor krijgen is dat het feest van mijn volk. We herdenken de slag van de Gulden Sporen in 1302. Een volks Vlaams leger heeft toen een leger van Franse ridders in de pan gehakt. In m'n vroege Stormark dagen heb ik daar nog wel wat over gepost. Archieven??
  23. Ridder Polten en Sinterklaas

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