The Nobility of the Northern Forests

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His Grace Duke William of Pineland 
The Count of Carmarthen.
The Baroness of Roustad


The Princess may, from time to time, issues titles of Nobility that existed in pre-14th century Scandinavia. The rank advancements include:

  • Duchess/Duke - Rules a Duchy 

  • Countess/Count - Rules a County 

  • Baroness/Baron - Rules a Barony

  • Dame/Knight - Rules a small section of land

  • Lady/Lord of the Manor - Rules a small farm

The Princess may, from time to time, issue titles of Nobility using the old Norse system which make up the Princess's Hird. The rank advancements include:

  • Jarl - Equivalent to a Countess/Count

  • Lendmann - Equivalent to a Baroness/Baron

  • Skutilsvein- Equivalent to a Dame/Knight

  • Lagmann - Known as the Lawspeaker


Worth clarifying here is that the Royal Guards (Huskarls) are made up of Dames/Knights or the Skutilsvein and Nobility of the Principality and are not themselves considered a Noble rank or title .


The Lagmann

Generally, the Ting is overseen by the Lagmann (Lawspeaker). Typically the Lawspeaker chooses their successor unless they resign or die without designating one - in which case; the Princess of the Northern Forests will select someone to officially take over their duties.

Knights, Dames & the Skutilsvein

There are only two Royal Orders of Knighthood in the Northern Forests; the Royal Order of Arctic Knights (the lowest) and the Royal Order of the Crown of the Northern Forests (the highest).  The only time a rank in the Royal Order of Artic Knights is ennobled is if it is stated in the Letters Patent specifically. The title of Grand Skutilsvein are always ennobled. However, this honour is not always hereditary and may be only for the life of the title holder. Hereditary Knighthoods are generally quite rare.

Honourary Nobility

Honourary Nobility are those people who are granted a title of nobility for their lifetime. They are usually a Baroness or Baron and and generally have a 'placename' to something that is meaningful to them. These cannot be purchased and are generally used for the Honourary Consulars at particular ranks. They are not peerages and they do not grant any legal privileges Knighthoods and titles of Nobility in the Principality of the Northern Forests are earned, not sold.

There are no other ranks or distinctions of the Nobility in the Principality of the Northern Forests that is not listed here.