Having had that experience, I completely understand why the fellow in this article finds Laramie to be a good site to build a meadhall. Even if the locals don't quite understand the whole meadhall thing, they at least get the basic impulse. For those of you who don't have the patience to read the article, a fellow by the name of Cyning Meadowcroft is building a two-story Anglo-Saxon meadhall in Laramie County, Wyoming, in order to honor Alfred the Great. The Billings Gazette includes this picture of the progress on Angelcynn Hall to date:
Next time I'm out that way, I'll have to go by to talk to this fellow a bit. The two big questions on my mind:
- How did you convince your ex-wife to move back to America so you could build a meadhall?
- Your name is "Cyning Meadowcroft?" Like, really? Did your parents name you that, or did you change your name?**
*According to the Department of Justice, it's moving to Arkansas.
** "Cyning" means "King" in Old English, and the pronounciation guide in the Billings Gazette article makes clear that he pronounces it in the OE way.