A Bældæg Fægenung Abanning (2016)

[Originally abanned May 2016]
By Æðelwulf

DSCN2701Hwæt! Be it known unto all that on Sæturnesdæg, the sixth day of Þrimilci 2016 C. E., the folk of the Ealdríce gathered at Whitthenge Heall in Richmond, Virginia for the holytide’s faining. Each of us enjoyed a bottle from a batch of nettle beer brewed by our Ealdorman Þórbeorht before the faining began.

“Sumer Is Icumen In” was the song our folk sang on our way to the weóhstede, an English classic dating back to the thirteenth century and given renewed popularity by its inclusion in the 1973 film The Wicker Man. Our lovely leornere Æbbe served as our heargward’s hornbearer. During the faining, the Ealdríce crowned Winifred Línléah as Queen of the May and each bestowed a gift on our young and gracious queen. Afterwards, the folk danced round the May Pole as music played for our second yeartidely lác.

DSCN2735Everyone gathered for the sméagung discussing thew as a Spring thunderstorm rolled over Whitthenge Heall. Þórbeorht lead us in the talk that spanned the nature of thew, how one writes about it but does not delineate it like one would a law. Thew works, Þórbeorht said, when it is practiced among the group rather than just enforced from on high by the leader.

A húsel followed of rotisserie chicken, assorted cheeses and vegetables, egg salad, and honey-glazed berries. Our gebéorscipe introduced a new challenge where one picked a god or goddess for another to raise a horn to. The folk finished the evening with a viewing of The Wicker Man.

May the gods speed the Ealdríce and our Théodish Belief and may Bældæg illuminate our DSCN2755path as we greet Summer acoming in!

More of our Bældæg pictures may be found here.

About Þórbeorht Línléah

Ealdorblótere (chief priest) at Whitthenge Heall of the Ealdríce, an Anglo-Saxon Théodish fellowship. Author of Of Ghosts and Godpoles: Theodish Essays Pertaining to the Reconstruction of Saxon Heathen Belief, Both Old and Anglo (2014). Author of Þæt Ealdríce’s Hálgungbóc: The Théodish Liturgy of Þæt Ealdríce (2015, 2016). Þórbeorht resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Eþelwynn and two daughters.
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