The Bards of our society carry the responsibility of passing on our stories and songs to the coming generations in the SCA.
A Skald, within the SCA, is one whose Bardic pursuits are particularly Norse/Viking influenced.
In Anglo-Saxon society, the equivallent was the "Scop".
In the Viking/Norse age, the Skald was many things:
Biographer / Autobiographer,
“Lofræða” (Icelandic – Eulogist),
Scribe? (if they could write),
Priest (of a sorts),
Dancer (or he/she would lead the dancing at least),
Comedian (teller of jokes and riddles).
(Written by HL Sionann in Ui Fhlaithbheartaig)