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A jarl is a Norse land owner, or chieftain. As opposed to a King or a church-backed official, a Jarl is master of his lands, so long as his family and oath-sworn men will follow him. Gold chain-bound, and word oath-sworn men of the Over-King, each is a Lord and Master of his Hall, and all that dwell within.

Jarls in the SCA

In the SCA, Jarl is an accepted alternate title for a Count.