When traveling for the last few years to An Tir for Egil’s Tourney, they run a competition that is fantastic and embodies the spirit of the Society. It is run over a few days and people prep before the event to participate in certain aspects.
The competition is rich in history, and is thematic of the region. It’s a great idea that deserves to be shared and outside a little planning has a very low barrier to entry!
A Short History
In A.S. XXV (1990), for Egil’s Tourney XVII**, Master Gerek the Far-Seeing and Mistress Chimene de CinqTours designed the Ithrotir Competition to give our Norse population an opportunity to display the various skills that were appropriate for a well-rounded Norse man or woman. It included eight individual competitions: Fot (Costuming); Smid (Decorated Useful Object); Brugg (Brewing); Skaldspar (Poetry); Tafl (Board Games); Spojtsskot (Spear Throwing); Boggaskot (Bow Shooting); Glima (Wrestling)
Eighteen years later, in A.S. XL (2008), for Egil’s Tourney XXXIV, Magistra Marian Staarveld and Magistra Raven qara Ton adapted the Ithrotir format to create the Three Pillars Competition which was designed to showcase the skills of the three pillars of the SCA: Service, Arts & Sciences, and Martial Arts. The overall winner would exemplify the well-rounded SCAdian.
View the Draft Document here
Special thanks to Pam Perryman for supporting documents and helping me get the word out! Please note I am only sharing this info and take no credit for the competition.