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Updated Arms of the Jarldom of Eidsivarike


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Yo, listen up, Eidsivamenn!

A High Priestess wishes to convey that she has the honour and the pleasure, both as great as the mighty bosom of the Lady Unna, to present you all with the updated version of the coat of arms of the Jarldom of Eidsivarike.

The shield of the updated coat of arms aforesaid features three white woolsacks on a purple field surrounded by a white bordure with four black chains and four castles of gold. The castle in middle base is smaller than the other three castles and has a fleur de lys beneath it.

The three woolsacks symbolize that Eidsivarike is since times ancient beyond the memory of woman one of the most important hubs of trade and commerce of Reikistjarna, and the purple, which is a colour associated with royalty, is an allusion to the prosperity of the lands where the laws of the Eidsivathing extend to, of which it was said that every individual could live like a king there.

The white of the bordure alludes to good faith, trust, knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness, which all are matters that are essential for conducting trade and commerce. The four chains represent the numerous raisable chains in the many rivers flowing through Haithabu, the age-old capital of Eidsivarike, which throughout times were an important security feature for the aforesaid Royal City of Crossroads, enabling it to keep enemy ships out.

The four castles of gold symbolize the mighty stronghold of Hedeby Rock, which sits in the midst of Haithabu and which nowadays is the Seat of the Jarl of Eidsivarike. The fleur de lys beneath the small castle in middle base of the shield alludes to the Lady Lilja the Devout, the first High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple. This because with the first Gyllmára Búlla that Her High Holiness issued under her authority she granted the Vålar, the tribe that inhabited the peninsula which nowadays constitutes the Jarldom of Tiundarike, a legislative assembly of their own, which the Vålar out of gratitude to Her High Holiness named the Liljasthing. She also made the Jólaslafðir the legislature of what ever since the concluding of the Pact of the Heartland in the year 1471 Anno Nortone is the Jarldom of Thingeyri. All of the aforesaid meant a considerable reduction in territorial jurisdiction for the Eidsivathing. Needless to say that the chieftains of Eidsivarike were not amused. The Lady Lilja's action lead to a series of border conflicts known as the Bitter Borders, all of which ended in stalemates with the borders decreed by the Lady Lilja remaining largely unchanged. The aforementioned reduction of lands within the legislative compass of the Eidsivathing is symbolized by the smaller castle.

The shield is topped with an Imperial Crown appertaining to a Storjarl of Stormark. The crown aforesaid has its origins in the Valtian Free State. In the Days of Valtia this crown was associated with the Heads of the Great Thirteen, also known as the Great Thirteen of Valtia. Among the Falconlord Houses, the various noble Houses which ruled Valtia during the First Viking Age, the Great Thirteen were by country mile the most powerful of the aforesaid company of chieftains. Around the globe the Great Thirteen were regarded as being of Imperial status. The Heads of the Great Thirteen all bore the Imperial Title of Storjarl, hence why this crown is also known as the Crown of the Great Thirteen. 

A boar and a Vanic Priestess of the royal rank of Princess of the Ancient Ways serve as shield supporters. The boar is in the Vanic Faith a sacred animal associated with various Gods and Goddesses. The Priestess is spreading out the Cloak of Faith over the Jarldom of Eidsivarike and its People. The aforesaid cloak is purple of colour, which is a colour associated with royalty. She is wearing a Priestessly Crown as well as a Priestessly Necklace of gold with a ruby and gold pendant. It symbolizes the necklace that a Vanic Priestess is invested with upon being bestowed upon the full Priestessly Powers by the God or Goddess she is devoted to. Such necklaces are mentioned in the Ancient Covenant, the eternal Pact between the Vanic Gods and Goddesses and the Vanafolk for the happiness, benefit, prosperity and power of both the mortals and the Lords and Ladies Divine. They are treasured heirlooms, with a storied history that begins in the mists of times ancient beyond the memory of woman. It may happen that a Vanic Priestess surrenders the necklace that she was invested with after receiving her the full Priestessly Powers for a Priestessly Necklace that was willed to her by a Vanic Priestess who passed away.

Her Royal Highness is a Rauðihár, which means "redhead" in the Storish language. Redheads are revered by the Vanafolk since red hair has traditionally been seen as a sign of descent from high-ranking ancestors and a mark of rulership and Priesthood. Vanafolkers also consider red hair to be a blessing from the Gods and Goddesses and very attractive.

The coat of arms of the Jarldom of Eidsivarike also features the collar of the Grand and Glorious Imperial Order of the Two Silver Longships. The Imperial Order aforesaid is, together with the Most Beloved and Most Blessed Imperial Order of the Fulltrui, the Supreme Order of Chivalry of the Twenty-Six Jarldoms. 

The compartment is a meadow strewn with roses, and also contains the motto scroll. The colour of the meadow symbolizes fertility and the many roses allude to the love that the that the Gods and Goddesses have for the Vanafolk. The motto "En god gjerning fortjener en annen" means "Quid pro quo".

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On 9/13/2019 at 3:50 AM, Sigrdrífa the Priestess said:

The four castles of gold symbolize the mighty stronghold of Hedeby Rock, which sits in the midst of Haithabu and which nowadays is the Seat of the Jarl of Eidsivarike. The fleur de lys beneath the small castle in middle base of the shield alludes to the Lady Lilja the Devout, the first High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple. This because with the first Gyllmára Búlla that Her High Holiness issued under her authority she granted the Vålar, the tribe that inhabited the peninsula which nowadays constitutes the Jarldom of Tiundarike, a legislative assembly of their own, which the Vålar out of gratitude to Her High Holiness named the Liljasthing. She also made the Jólaslafðir the legislature of what ever since the concluding of the Pact of the Heartland in the year 1471 Anno Nortone is the Jarldom of Thingeyri. All of the aforesaid meant a considerable reduction in territorial jurisdiction for the Eidsivathing. Needless to say that the chieftains of Eidsivarike were not amused. The Lady Lilja's action lead to a series of border conflicts known as the Bitter Borders, all of which ended in stalemates with the borders decreed by the Lady Lilja remaining largely unchanged. The aforementioned reduction of lands within the legislative compass of the Eidsivathing is symbolized by the smaller castle.

That Gyllmára Búlla cost the Eidsivathing half the lands that it had under its jurisdiction! Small wonder that the Eidsivajarls were a bit miffed. :yesyes:

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On 9/13/2019 at 3:42 PM, Ærinndís said:

This is so beautiful.... I am in awe of your work, Lady Sigrdrífa!

Lady Ærinndís, 

A High Priestess wishes  to express her exuberant gratitude to Your Imperial and Royal Highness for those kind words of appreciation and complimentation of yours! 😍

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