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Welcome to Hamrick, the great Shining Kingdom which unites the extraordinary Elegance of the Victorian Period with the Wisdom of the Heathen Period. In this world the pomp and Beauty of the Victorian Era is united with the spiritual reality of ancient Stone Gods, beautiful faeries, and terrible giants and trolls. Here crafty dwarves build wondrous engines and the ascetic elves ponder the mysteries of nature. This Elegant and Wise world has become Manifest, and I welcome you to join me in Heroism and High Adventure. Long Live Hamrick!
The Art of Hamrick In order to explore the Beauty of this Noble Kingdom, we must first begin with the art. A great book to start with is Fairies in Victorian Art, a delightful work which shows the Beauty of the spirit world that underlies the great Wisdom Tradition of the Old English. Many of the Victorian Aesthetics actually come from the older Celtic and Germanic Art that made its way into the Fifth Century. Simply compare the weaving patterns of Florid Victorian Ornament (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) to Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art and Ornament (Dover Pictorial Archives). Romantic Period Art was also of a great influence, I would recommend checking out these books which feature highly stunning collections The Last Romantics: The Romantic Tradition in British Art: Burne-Jones to Stanley Spencer and especially J. W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite. No discussion of Victorian aesthetics is even possible without mentioning the Arts and Crafts Movement The Arts and Crafts Movement (World of Art). Another art style that left its mark is Art Nouveau, and this is a good book to start with to explore this Beautiful art style Art Nouveau (World of Art). Another delightful work for interior design is Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors: From the Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau and for practicle architecture Victorian Cottage Architecture: An American Catalog of Designs, 1891 (Dover Architecture).
The Music of Hamrick Another area that should be looked at is that of music. A great place to start is Victorian Edwardian, Victorian Parlour Evening, and Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music; The Lark Ascending; Fantasia on Greensleeves; English Folk Song Suite; In the Fen Country; Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1. Highly recommended is Beowulf (Benjamin Bagby Musical Performance) which features the music of the Old English Period. Some very nice works are Midwinter Night's Dream and The Wind That Shakes The Barley which feature some English folk music. There are some delightful modern works that are worth listening to, especially from the Steampunk genre. A great place to start would be Dramatis Personae. I personally hold the Clockwork Dolls have the most stunning musicianship in the Steampunk Genre.
The Wisdom Tradition of Hamrick Part 1 Their is a great deal of modern and ancient literature that I would recommend. To learn about the elder Wisdom Tradition of the English, I would read the following works: The Way of the Heathen: A Handbook of Greater Theodism, Þéodisc Geléafa "The Belief of the Tribe:": A Handbook on Germanic Heathenry and Theodish Belief, The Resurrection of the Meadow, Elves, Wights, and Trolls: Studies Towards the Practice of Germanic Heathenry: Vol. I (v. 1), The Real Middle Earth: Exploring the Magic and Mystery of the Middle Ages, J.R.R. Tolkien, and "The Lord of the Rings", English Fairy Tales and Legends and The Way of Wyrd.
The Wisdom Tradition of Hamrick Part 2 Of course, there is a great deal of modern literature that also contains great fruits Wisdom which was most certainly dropped from the Older Wisdom Tree. I wholeheartedly recommend the following works Fairy Queen (Everyman), The Canterbury Tales (Oxford World's Classics), and Lord Byron: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics). Great Wisdom also flowed from the lips of the following English writers who were in fact tapping into the deep well of ancient wisdom: The Definitive Wit of Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions), Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (Signet Classics), and The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake: With a New Foreword and Commentary by Harold Bloom. Two late Manifestations of the English Wisdom Tradition can be read about in these two books: The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit and The Forge of Tubal Cain.
The Martial Tradition of Hamrick Hamrick has a rich Martial Tradition which draws from English antiquity. A good place to start is Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor) which was written by Alfred Hutton, a Master of the Sabre which is indeed the symbol of the Hamrickan Martial Tradition itself. Every Gentleman carries a cane, so this manual is highly practicle and is rooted in the English martial arts Broadsword And Singlestick: with Chapters on Quarter-Staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, Shillalah, Walking-Stick, Umbrella, and Other Weapons of Self-Defense. Strongly intertwined with the Martial Tradition are sports, and this text outlines sports practiced in the rural areas of the British Isles. The section on wrestling should be of a special interest Encyclopedia of Traditional British Rural Sports (Routledge Sports Reference Series).
The Sacred Ball of Hamrick A great place to share the Culture of Hamrick is to host a Ball in which there is a Banquette, Dancing, and Masquerade. The most ancient manifestation of this was the Mead Hall The Mead-Hall: The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England (None). The Masquerade is an event where the participants wear elegant and finely crafted masks to a Ball. Simply type "masquerade mask" in the amazon search engine under "all products" and simply choose a mask that you will wear to the Ball. For proper attire check out http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/gentlemans.php. To know how one should act at a Ball read How to Be a Gentleman: A Timely Guide to Timeless Manners as well as How To Live Like A Lady: Lessons in Life, Manners, and Style. Those who are preparing food should read Great British Cooking: Wellkept Secret, A (yes, it does exist!). Last, -but not least- is knowing how to do ballroom dancing The Ballroom Dance Pack. It is in the atmosphere of the Ball that people can be exposed to the food, music, art, and literature of Hamrick Culture.
Philosophical Questions of being Hamrickan There are some major philosophical questions regarding being a Hamrickan Citizen in this day and age, some of which can be answered by reading the following books Ride the Tiger: A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul, On Being a Pagan, and Tradition and Revolution.
The Silver Compass The Virtues of Hamrick are Nine Fold and based on a concept known as The Silver Compass: Wisdom, Truth, Loyalty, Honour, Courage, Kindness, Love, Manners, and Elegance. It can be mapped onto the points of a Compass and it is for this reason that the Silver Compass is the symbol of The Kingdom of Hamrick. Here is an example of a Silver Compass Sterling Silver Compass Charm - Measures 20mm. These 9 Virtues are a basic consolidation of English virtues from the ancient and modern period.
Neovictorianism Another thing that the Hamrickan citizen should look at is the modern Neovictorian aesthetic and literary traditions: Steampunk, Steampunk Style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings, The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature, Victoriana 2nd Edition: Core Rulebook, The Encyclopedia of Victoriana and Cynthia Hart's Victoriana Calendar 2011. The reason for this is that they build apon the Victorian aesthetic and thus enrich it. The writers of the Steampunk genres also tend to be educated in older English literature and thus are influenced by it, particularly the ones that are about Heroism and High Adventure which reflect the adventurous and brave spirit of the English Wisdom Tradition. Anyone can become a Citizen of Hamrick. All you have to do is pledge to live by the Silver Compass. It should be understood that just as Japan has Shinto which honours the kami (japanese name for spirits) Hamrick has The Wisdom Troth which honours the ancient Stone Gods (look up the origins of the names of the week days) and Faeries of England. However, we believe in freedom of religion and as long as you swear to the Silver Compass and love English Culture you can be of any religion (or not even have a religion) and be a member of Hamrick. It is hoped that you have enjoyed this guide and that you will participate in the extraordinary Kingdom of Hamrick! By the Silver Compass, Alfred Raeburne
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