Magnús hvalmagi

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Magnus performing at Beowulf the Roadshow, Pennsic 40
Resides:Concordia of the Snows
Awards:Visit the Order of Precedence to access a list of this person's awards.

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Awards & Offices
Companion of the Order of the Maunche Troubadour



Magnus hvalmagi (called Magnus the Stout) joined the SCA in May 2010 (at the insisting of his lady Finnguala), attending the War of the Roses in Concordia as his first event.

As the nickname may suggest, Magnus enjoys brewing of all sorts - beer is his specialty. He is also a storyteller and poet in the skaldic tradition. He is apprenticed to Master Toki Redbeard, is a resident of the Vestfell Farmstead, and resides in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows. Magnus has a student - Phobos - who is learning the art of brewing. Phobos is a strapping young lad who also enjoys fighting and being inordinately tall.

As the nickname may further suggest, Magnus likes to play around with cooking, and is known for having ample, tasty meat.

In the mundane world, Peter Olsen is a food safety microbiologist working for a government regulatory agency. He is particularly interested in sensible food production practices, adequate and accessible food safety communication, and the debunking of various public health myths - including many tied to food.

Peter's other interests include tabletop gaming (board games, pen-and-paper RPG's, card games, etc), electronic gaming, metal music (the louder the better!), cooking, baking, beer brewing, meat curing, and driving too fast.


Magnus' family fled Norway in 925 to get away from the tyrant Harald; following in the steps of many others, they settled in Iceland. Magnus was born in 982 in southern Iceland.

Magnus is a pagan who strives very hard to preserve the old traditions. He doesn't have a problem with Christianity per se - he just sees very little need to change his outlook on life.

Offices & Positions

Baronial Bard of Concordia - 2012 - 2013

Chatelaine of Concordia - 2013 -


Award of Arms - Gregor III and Kiena, Fall Crown Tournament, November 2011

Order of the Friends (Baronial "welcome") - Pierre de Tours, War of the Roses, May 2012

Companion of the Troubadour - Edward II and Thyra, Coronation, October 2012

Companion of the Maunche - Gregor IV and Kiena II, Northern Region War Camp, July 2013

Order of the Pine (Baronial service) - Pierre de Tours, Winter Nights, October 2013

Event Staff

Random conscripted labor (kitchen staff, brute squad, LIFT THINGS UP AND PUT THEM DOWN, etc.)

Deputy Autocrat - Winter Nights 2012

Instructor (brewing) - Arts and Arrows III, 2013

Autocrat - Winter Nights 2013

Projects & Publications

Brewing Projects and Links:

On the Quarter of Malt and the Hogshead of Beer

A Redaction of Gervase Markham's "March beer" - War of the Roses 2011 Brewing Competition winning entry

The "March beer" re-done with a more accurate grain bill - June 2011

A Redaction of Gervase Markham's "ordinary beer" - War of the Roses 2012 Brewing Competition winning entry

Brewing Your First "Period" All-Grain Beer - handout from class taught at War of the Roses 2012

“Drykkjabýdrapa” (Song of the Drunken Bee) - A Redaction of an Ethiopian Honey and Bread Beer, Originally Documented by Archbishop Olaus Magnus

Brewing with Egil - A summary of Viking-era ale production research to-date - including developing a specific recipe.

Brewing with Egil: The Poster - An updated iteration of my research into Viking-era ale production, presented in a conference poster format. (most current research)

Take a Cock and Boil Him Well - my adventures in reproducing Digby's cock ale, using a heritage breed of rooster

An Applied Approach to Viking-era Brewing - Building on the method reconstructed from archaeological evidence, I present notes and ideas about translating the principles of Viking-era brewing into a more modern production system

Poetry & Performance Projects and Links

Copyright Notification: Unless otherwise specified, all pieces distributed electronically or on physical media are governed by a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike-NonCommercial license. You can distribute the work freely as long as you give proper attribution - I prefer "Words by Magnus hvalmagi (mka Peter Olsen)" - and do not engage in commercial endeavors with it. You may also modify or build upon the work, but you must license it the same way I've licensed my work.

Skaldic Poetry 101: Kvithuhattar - An overview of an easy-to-write skaldic verse-form

A Night Bereft of Stars - my first "real" foray into writing independent skaldic verse

I have several lausavisur in the Eastern Edda:

I've also done wordsmithing for a few scrolls (including my own AoA, as I mentioned above):

Tokk's Taunt - an eddic-style work based on an Amon Amarth song.

On the Nature of the Cold - an in-persona performance on the nature of the cold in Iceland

A Challenge Thrown - the opening shot in a flyting

The Saga of Egil Skallagrímsson - an ongoing project to adapt the entire saga of Egil (along with re-poeticizing) into easily-performed stories. The goal is to be able to present a somewhat abridged form of the saga (just the action that concerns Egil) over the course of several nights - the way saga-tellers used to.

More Information



The Draughts are Deep - my project blog compiling beer and poetry/story work

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