HTWSSTKS is an acronym with connections to the Masonic Temple, specifically Royal Arch Masons. The letters stand for, “Hiram, Tyrian, Widows Son, Sent to King Solomon.” Of course, now were left wondering who the heck Hiram is!
What do the letters on the Keystone mean?
MASONIC KEYSTONE WITH LETTERS HTWSSTKS - The Masonic Keystone, which is the Masonic mark of an Ancient Grand Master. So, when you see HTWWTKS on someones headstone, you know that not only were they a Royal Arch Mason, but that they made it at least as far as the third degree in that fraternal order!
What do the three ruffians represent?
As he put it: “the ruffians represent the principals of absolute monarchy, the fixed and rigid dogma of the church and the mob-minded mentality prevalent during this time.” They work together to destroy liberty, without which no progress can be made1.
Who is the widows son?
Hiram Abiff Hiram Abiff (also Hiram Abif or the Widows son) is the central character of an allegory presented to all candidates during the third degree in Freemasonry. Hiram is presented as the chief architect of King Solomons Temple.
Who were the ruffians?
The Ruffians or Sharkeys Men were a band of about 150 Dunlendings, Half-orcs, and Hobbits who invaded the Shire from the South under the hire of Sharkey.
How do I become a widows son?
You MUST be a Master Mason in good standing to be a Widows Son. If you, for any reason, are under sentence of suspension or expulsion from your Blue Lodge, you CANNOT become or remain a Widows Son. Each Widows Sons jurisdiction is self-governing and autonomous.
Is there any help for the widows son?
Among the brotherhood of Freemasons, there is the Grand Hailing Sign of Distress: Oh Lord, my God, is there no help for the widows son? According to Masonic code, any Mason who hears another Mason utter the Grand Hailing Sign must come to his aid. They were both Masons in good standing.