Brynniulfr "Brynn" Herleifson

In the Society for Creative Anachronism I am called Brynn, and I am a member of the Shire of Greyhope. Greyhope is in turn in the Constellation region of the Kingdom of the Middle (the Midrealm). I am currently the Constellation regional herald. In the past I have been the kingdom's Escutcheon herald and my shire's pursuivant.

Brynn, my persona, was born in the late summer of 1003 in Iceland. Raised by his mother's family he went east and ended up in Byzantium as part of the Varangian Guard. Frequently membership in the Guard brings wealth, and it did for Brynn, allowing him to become a merchant for a time.


My Arms (pending!)
Quarterly sable and vert, a bear's head erased and a bordure, argent

The Arms of the Shire of Greyhope
Per bend sinister azure and argent , a comet bendwise sinister and a laurel wreath counterchanged

The Arms of the Kingdom of the Middle
Argent, a pale gules, overall a dragon passant vert, in chief an ancient crown Or within a laurel wreath proper.

The Arms of the Society
Or , a Laurel wreath vert

Brynn's Glass Projects, experiments, documentation, etc.
Brynn's Useful Links for the Useful Herald
Brynn's Map of the Midrealm [Muckin' HUGE!]
Music for historical dance

What is the Society for Creative Anachronism?
(Borrowed directly from

The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Participants, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which may feature tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. Our "royalty" hold courts at which they recognize and honor members for their contributions to the group.

I would add that he above 30,000 figure probably only accounts for the paying membership, which is not a requirement for participation, and that including the active non-paying members I suspect the figure can be much higher. That description also leaves off <Begin Bias!> the incredibly important work of the heralds!<End Bias> In fact, although there are excellent benefits to being a paid member, to only requirements to attend an SCA event and participate are:

"... really very basic. All participants must make an attempt at pre-17th Century clothing. All participants are expected to comport themselves as ladies and gentlemen. All participants are required to obey modern law and the rules of the SCA as set forth in the Governing Documents, officers' policies, and Kingdom and Principality law." ( again)

Take a few minutes to read for excellent overview information and pictures!

If this sounds more interesting and less strange, find your local group! Each Kingdom and most local groups have a Chatelaine, an officer responsible for the care and upbringing of new memebers. Feel free to E-mail Me if you get really lost. You can find your local Kingdom (there are 19, covering almost the entire world) at this page. Each Kingdom should have an easy way to locate your local group (again, look for a link referencing the Chatelaine, Hospitaller, or Castellan)


Useful Links Elsewhere

General Information, Groups [The homepage for the Society for Creative Anachronism]
Shire of Greyhope [Northwest Indiana]
The Kingdom of the Middle [The Midrealm, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, part of Ontario]
Stefan's Florilegium [An incredible site with more information than probably any other]
SCA news at SCAtoday
[An excellent site for images and details of what members of the SCA do]
The Pennsic War (Pennsic 39, held in 2010, had over close to 11,000 attendees. The War lasts two weeks each summer)

A nod to our neighbors: Greyhope is bordered by the Barony of the White Waters [South Bend] , the Barony of Ayreton [Greater Chicago], the Barony of Andelcrag [Western Michigan], and distantly the Barony of Rivenstar [West Lafayette]. Baronies are larger groups that have their own Royalty (Barons and Baronesses) who can issue Baronial awards. They may even have smaller Shire-sized groups within them.

SCA Combat Links
Legio Draconis - The Art of Combat [A Midrealm Army site]
Articles on the Red Company website

SCA Arts & Sciences Links
Mistress Kirsten Thorsteinsdottir's Period Glass site [Documentation and photos of her work in period techniques]
De Re Metallica Online [Agricola's text on metalworking]
Vidimus ["The only on-line magazine devoted to medieval stained glass"]
Atlantia MOAS Links [The Ministry of Arts and Sciences for Atlantia [South-East Coast] has one of the best link farms anywhere]

Podcasting the Dream
Lions Road




This page is not an official or even acknowledged page of the Society for Creative Anachronism. None of the content has been approved or even viewed by the SCA. I'm not sure I have to make this statement
but everyone else does, so why not. Also, when catapults are outlawed, only outlaws with have catapults.