The Æppeldor Tácen

Left: Anglo-Saxon Faversham Brooch. Faversham,Kent, England. Gold, garnet, and glass. 600-650AD Right: The tácen of Æppeldor Friðstów þæt Ealdríces

Our Tácen
Our tácen (token, emblem) is based on the gold disc pendant with a cloisonné triskele of bird heads, found at King’s Field, Faversham, Kent. The inhumation cemetery at King’s Field was found in 1859 by railway workers digging a new cutting. Little is now known about the individual graves, but the finds surviving suggest it was probably the richest Anglo-Saxon site in Kent, with royal connections, and dated to the sixth to seventh centuries.

The Three Wynns of Théodish Belief
In Old English “wynn” means ‘joy’ or ‘pleasure’, so The Three Wynns are ‘The Three Joys’.
For us, the three birds’ heads represent The Three Wynns:
Wisdom – Wisdóm
Generosity – Weladǽl
Honour – Weorþmynd

Taken as a whole, the birds’ heads also betoken three strong pillars of Théodish Belief: Sacral Kingship, The Three Wynns and Right Good Will.

The blue background betokens the sky and the gold betokens the sun. The apple seeds tell the story of our home here in the Huon Valley, Tasmania, a land of apples and remind us also of Edunne, goddess of orchards. ‘Æppeldor’ means “place of the apple trees”. Our apple token also recalls the Hoar Apple Tree above Caldbec Hill, from where Harold Godwinson called the English Nation to arms before his final doom at Hastings in 1066.

Eald-riht ábenaþ!
Werað se Cyning!

Proclaim the Old Right!
Ward the King!

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