Sceaf Ambrosius






scan0007When all is said is done, I am probably over-qualified to be a father and a grandfather. Funny, critics of The Da Vinci Code say the same thing about Jesus. Small world.

Before my daughter came into my life I started collecting children’s books. I owned a old copy of Alice in Wonderland. I had become a master genealogists, and it grieved me to know I was too old to sire a child who would carry on my lineage that I had come to believe was made up of three roses, the name Braskewitz-Prescowitz meaning Abrosius, or, Ambrose.

I used the image of the cherub in the cote of arms for Ambrose to make the Presco cote of arms. I also employed the Midleton-Brodrick cote of arms, because Broderick is a family name.

In 1999, I put God-el within on his Manorah Tree. Note the crescent moon ad star that Ofelia had on her back. Note the variation, McCambridge, and the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge who are expecting a child. What will be his nickname – if it be a boy?

When Heather sent me this Christmas card of Tyler Hunt – I was amazed! Behold the two images of Sceaf!

Merlin Ambrosius comes for King Arthur when he is an infant. I own HIS STORY. One day my grandson, whom I nicknamed, Sceaf, will come for me. All will be right in the world.

Above you see images of me offering my daughter a cabin in the sky. There I am, Uncle Sama Claus amongst the amazed children, amazed that Sama came and visited the poor children in Poor Town. The parents of these children are in chaos. But, there is hope on their faces that life has good things in store for them. Anyone who would intercept the hope of a child – is evil!

Heather did not receive this gift, because Vicki, Shamus, Linda, and Patrice sent Heather off to Bullhead City to be showered with gold coins dropped from Money Heaven by the Money Angels, and, my packet was returned to me, I having no way to contact my daughter. I was excommunicated as was the wish of my dark brother. But, God will find a way. They will get what is coming to them, for, every great story is worthy of great villians.

Will Tyler Hunt be my champion?

Above is Heather dressed as Merlin. God loves a story – HIS STORY!


Geoffrey’s composite Merlin is based primarily on Myrddin Wyllt, also called Merlinus Caledonensis, and Aurelius Ambrosius, a mostly fictionalised version of the historical war leader Ambrosius Aurelianus.[8] The former had nothing to do with Arthur: in British poetry he was a bard driven mad after witnessing the horrors of war, who fled civilization to become a wild man of the wood in the 6th century.[9] Geoffrey had this individual in mind when he wrote his earliest surviving work, the Prophetiae Merlini (Prophecies of Merlin), which he claimed were the actual words of the legendary madman.

Geoffrey’s Prophetiae do not reveal much about Merlin’s background. When he included the prophet in his next work, Historia Regum Britanniae, he supplemented the characterisation by attributing to him stories about Aurelius Ambrosius, taken from Nennius’ Historia Brittonum. According to Nennius, Ambrosius was discovered when the British king Vortigern was trying to erect a tower. The tower always collapsed before completion, and his wise men told him the only solution was to sprinkle the foundation with the blood of a child born without a father. Ambrosius was rumoured to be such a child, but when brought before the king, he revealed the real reason for the tower’s collapse: below the foundation was a lake containing two dragons who destroyed the tower by fighting. Geoffrey retells this story in Historia Regum Britanniæ with some embellishments, and gives the fatherless child the name of the prophetic bard, Merlin. He keeps this new figure separate from Aurelius Ambrosius, and to disguise his changing of Nennius, he simply states that Ambrosius was another name for Merlin. He goes on to add new episodes that tie Merlin into the story of King Arthur and his predecessors.

Soon after Tyler Hunt was born I nicknamed him Sceaf because it was very upsetting to me and Heather than Ryan Hunt apparently abandoned his son. Thank God that turned out not to be the case.
I tried to be a father figure to this beautiful boy so he would not grow up without a father. I now feel the same way about my niece, Drew Benton, who wants to learn about her ancestors. What I have to offer is a wealth of knowlege and information for the Children of the Rose Tree to draw upon for rendering Art, and authoring Books.
I have never forced religion on anyone. If you do not want to hear stories with God in them, then you might be interested in Fairytales.
Remember, every young generation believes they invented Drunken Fornication!
Ryan got his act together and has another beautiful son, Brody.
The Yankee Magician
Sceaf in the boat, illustration from Fredrik Sander’s 1893 edition of the Poetic Edda
Sceafa (Old English: scēafa), also spelled Sceaf (scēaf) or Scef (scēf), was an ancient Lombardic king in English legend. According to his story, Sceafa appeared mysteriously as a child, coming out of the sea in an empty boat. The name also appears in the corrupt forms Seskef, Stefius, Strephius, and Stresaeus. Though the name has historically been modernized Shava (and Latinized Scefius), J. R. R. Tolkien used the modern spelling Sheave.
Sulamith Wulfing is becoming “high up there” on my list of favorite illustrators of all time. As soon as I think I have a good idea of the range of her work, I view something new, like Der Fundevogel (The Foundling Bird), based on a tale from the Brothers Grimm, with attention to detail, composition and characterization rivalling Arthur Rackham.
We Now Come to the History of Jon:
Jon, John, Jhon, Jan, are all the same name, though the
pronunciation varies, as the seamen like to shorten everything to be
able to make it easier to call. Jon – that is, “Given” – was a sea-
king, born at Alberga, who sailed from the Flymeer with a fleet of
127 ships fitted out for a long voyage, and laden with amber, tin,
copper, cloth, linen, felt, otter-skins, beaver and rabbit skins.
It is interesting to find out why Tolkien had paid so much special
attention to the tales and legends about the people of the
Longobards, why he would make its main characters the prototypes of
characters in his own myths and tales… Why the Longobards out of
all other existing peoples?!
When Tolkien wrote in his letter (#257) … Audoin and Alboin of
Lombardic legend,… he was certainly aware that Paul the Deacon, the
main source of most what was known thitherto about the history of
the Lombards was no reliable historian whose accounts – especially
of the earlier “history” of the Lombards – could be taken
for “historical facts”. Paul’s accounts, probably, had a
similar “reliability” as, for example, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s
accounts in his “Historia regum Britanniae”, written in the 12th
century. I think this was the reason for Tolkien’s
wording ‘Lombardic legend’ rather than ‘Lombardic history’.
First archeological evidence of the Lombards is from the 1st century
BCE, in the region of the lower Elbe and whether or not the Lombards
had their origin in Scandinavia is still subject of dispute among
serious historians. It should be noted that the Lombards in their
early times were passing down their “history” orally, hence only
sparse written documentation exists from before their arrival in
Italy. Thus it can be suspected, that Paul was relying on Jordanes’
writings – or maybe also on the Origo gentis Langobardorum from the
middle of the 7th century – when he ascribed a Scandinavian origin
to the Lombards in his Historia Langobardorum, written late in the
8th century. Generally, it seems, it was “fashionable” among early
medieval “historians” to ascribe their ancestors a Biblical, Trojan
or Scandinavian origin.

Even the episode of Alboin and Rosamunde, which Tolkien only alludes
to, and of which Christopher provides us with Paul the Deacon’s
account, can – IMO not be considered a hard
historical “fact”. “Fact” is, that Paul wrote some 200 years later
about events that were subject of much folk-tale and folk-song, and
drinking from a skull – jewelled or no – was not altogether rare,
since the Huns had “introduced” this habit a few centuries earlier.
People back then – as the hypothesis is amongst scholars – thought
they would “inherit” the strength of the slain, if they drank from
their skulls. But whether or not this “habit” was widespread among
Germanic tribes is debated.

In the letter n°257, Tolkien wrote:
… I began a fallen through book, a voyage in the time which was
supposed to be completed with the immersion of Atlantis, to which
was to assist my hero. Atlantis was to be called Númenor, the
Country of the West. The directing wire was to be the reappearance
of time to other in the families of human (like Durin among Dwarves)
of a father and a son carrying of the names which one can interpret
like Ami of the happiness and Ami of the Elves. One understands at
the end that those, to the obscure direction from now on, refer to
the context of Atlantis-Númenor and mean “that which is honest
towards Valar, is satisfied happiness and prosperity within the
authorized limits”, and “that which is honest in its friendship
towards the Top-Elves”.

His grandson Sir Julian St. John Lloyd (by his daughter Lady Moyra Brodrick) became land agent to Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham. Julian’s daughter Alexandra (Mrs. Duncan Byatt) was a Lady-in-Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales.[12]

He came of a Surrey family who in the 17th century, in the persons of Sir St John Brodrick and Sir Thomas Brodrick, obtained grants of land in the south of Ireland. Sir St John Brodrick settled at Midleton, between Cork and Youghal in 1641; and his son Alan Brodrick (1660–1728), Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, was created Baron Brodrick in 1715 and Viscount Midleton in 1717 in the Irish peerage.,_1st_Earl_of_Midleton

Sceafa (Old English: scēafa), also spelled Sceaf (scēaf) or Scef (scēf), was an ancient Lombardic king in English legend. According to his story, Sceafa appeared mysteriously as a child, coming out of the sea in an empty boat. The name also appears in the corrupt forms Seskef, Stefius, Strephius, and Stresaeus. Though the name has historically been modernized Shava (and Latinized Scefius), J. R. R. Tolkien used the modern spelling Sheave.

The Old English poem Widsith, line 32, in a listing of famous kings and their countries, has Sceafa Longbeardum, so naming Sceafa as ruler of the Lombards. In Origo Gentis Langobardorum the Lombards’ origins are traced to an “island” in the north named Scadan or Scandan (“Scandinavia”). But neither this account or any other mentions Sceafa among their later kings or gives the names of any kings that ruled them in the land of their origin where they were said to have been known as the Winnili.
[edit] In genealogies
Other than this, Sceaf is mentioned only in chronicles tracing the lineage of the English kings, although variants are found in similar genealogies for the rulers of the Danes, Norwegians and Icelanders in the sagas. Most such genealogies stop at the god Woden, but some trace the supposed ancestors of Woden up to a certain Geat. The account in the Historia Britonum calls Geat a son of a god. Asser in his Life of Alfred writes instead that the pagans worshipped Geat himself for a long time as a god.
Moderns speculate on whether this Geat is any eponym of the people known as Geats, or whether it may be the name of a god, or whether it is both. The apparent Old Norse cognate form Gautr is a very common byname for Odin. The Icelandic Herrauðssaga speaks of King Hring who ruled East Götaland and was son of Gauti son of Odin. Jordanes in his The origin and deeds of the Goths traces the line of the Amelungs up to Hulmul son of Gapt, purportedly the first Gothic hero of record. This Gapt is felt by many commentators to be an error for Gaut.
A few of these genealogies provide mortal ancestors to Geat, tracing his ancestry to Sceaf and then tell of Sceaf’s origin. Æthelweard in his Chronica writes of Sceaf:
This Scef came in a light boat to an island of the ocean which is called Scani, arms around about him, and he was a very young boy, unknown to the dwellers in the land. But he was accepted by them and cared for like one of their own kind, and afterwards they chose him as king, from whose family descended King Æthelwulf.
William of Malmesbury in his Gesta regum anglorum wrote:
.. Sceaf; who, as some affirm, was driven on a certain island in Germany, called Scandza, (of which Jornandes, the historian of the Goths, speaks), a little boy in a skiff, without any attendant, asleep, with a handful of corn at his head, whence he was called Sceaf; and, on account of his singular appearance, being well received by the men of that country, and carefully educated, in his riper age he reigned in a town which was called Slaswic, but at present Haithebi; which country, called old Anglia, whence the Angles came into Britain, is situated between the Saxons and the Goths.
However the genealogy in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle year 855, versions B and C, explains instead that Scef was born in Noah’s ark, interpreting Sceaf as a non-Biblical son of Noah, and then continuing with the ancestry of Noah up to Adam as found in Genesis.
Sceaf is unknown outside of English sources except for one mention in Snorri Sturluson’s Prologue to the Prose Edda, which is informed by English sources.
[edit] Scyld Scefing
[edit] In Beowulf
Older than these is the Old English poem Beowulf which applies the story of the boy in the boat instead to the Danish who is the eponym of the legendary Danish royal lineage known as the Scyldings or Skjöldings. In the opening lines of Beowulf, Scyld is called Scyld Scefing, which might mean Scyld descendant of Scef, Scyld son of Scef, or Scyld of the Sheaf. The Beowulf poet does not explain. But after relating in general terms the glories of Scyld’s reign, the poet describes Scyld’s funeral, how his body was laid in a ship surrounded by treasures, the poet explains:
They decked his body no less bountifully
with offerings than those first ones did
who cast him away when he was a child
and launched him alone out over the waves.
No other source relates anything similar about Scyld/Skjöld, so it cannot be known whether this is a case of similar stories being told about two different heroes or whether originally separate figures have been confused with one another.
[edit] A rite involving scyld and sceaf
A connection between sheaf and shield appears in the 13th century Chronicon de Abingdon which relates a dispute over ownership of a river meadow named Beri between the Abbot of Abingdon and the men of Oxfordshire. The dispute was decided by a ritual in which the monks placed a sheaf (sceaf) of wheat on a round shield (scyld) and a wax candle upon the sheaf which they lit. They then floated the shield with sheaf and candle on the Thames river to see where it would go. The shield purportedly kept to the middle of the Thames until it arrived at the disputed field, which was then an island because of flooding, whereupon it changed its course and entirely circled the meadow between the Thames and the Iffley.
Rosamund or Rosamunde (fl. 572) was the daughter of Cunimund, king of the Gepids, and wife of Alboin, king of the Lombards.

Rosamund was born into a kingdom in crisis, as the Gepid people had been fighting a losing battle against the Lombards since 546, firstly within the context of a Lombardic-Byzantine alliance, and later against the Lombards and the Turkic Avar nomads. These wars had seized the lives of not only her grandfather king Thurisind, but also her uncle, Thurismund, both of which served to establish a long standing hatred of the Lombards in her father, Cunimund, which he passed down to her.

This hatred was what spawned the final war of the Gepids, as Cunimund attempted to win back lost lands against the Lombards. The war, however, quickly turned, and in 567, the Gepid Kingdom would be completely subdued by a mixture of Lombard and Avar forces, her father was decapitated and she, along with many other Gepids, was taken as a prisoner of the Lombards. However, in an attempt to secure a male heir and following the death of his first wife Clotsuinda of Frankia, Alboin took her as his wife. Alboin was noted for his cruelty towards her; his most famous act of cruelty was reported by Paulus Diaconus, who states that at a royal banquet in Verona, Alboin forced her to drink from the skull of her dead father (which he carried around his belt), inviting her “to drink merrily with her father”.[1]

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  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    I promised my grandson, Tyler Hunt, I will produce for him the Grail.

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