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The berserker of the Lewis chessmen.  I approve of Viking berserker chesspieces far too much.

The berserker of the Lewis chessmen. I approve of Viking berserker chesspieces far too much.

Lewis Chessmen Bishop: is standing whilst giving a blessing with his right hand. On his head he wears a mitre and holds a crosier in his left hand.

Lewis Chessmen Bishop: is standing whilst giving a blessing with his right hand. On his head he wears a mitre and holds a crosier in his left hand.

Lewis Chessmen Knight: wears a protective coat, divided at the front and back for ease of movement. He carries a kite shaped shield and a lance ready for battle and sits on a horse which which looks like the size of a Shetland pony!

Lewis Chessmen Knight: wears a protective coat, divided at the front and back for ease of movement. He carries a kite shaped shield and a lance ready for battle and sits on a horse which which looks like the size of a Shetland pony!

Lewis Chessmen - Article of the Day - English - The Free Dictionary Language Forums

Lewis Chessmen - Article of the Day - English - The Free Dictionary Language Forums

In 1831, in Edinburgh, Scotland, a collection of chessmen found on the Isle of Lewis was displayed for the first time. These 12th century handcrafted pieces made from walrus tusks and whale teeth have since become iconic examples of our lasting love for wargames. Their origins, however, is one of theory and controversy. Here is an illustrated article on the  world's most famous chess set.

In 1831, in Edinburgh, Scotland, a collection of chessmen found on the Isle of Lewis was displayed for the first time. These 12th century handcrafted pieces made from walrus tusks and whale teeth have since become iconic examples of our lasting love for wargames. Their origins, however, is one of theory and controversy. Here is an illustrated article on the world's most famous chess set.

Viking coin with Raven  10th Century CE. York, England.  Minted by Anlaf (Olaf) Guthfrithsson

Viking coin with Raven 10th Century CE. York, England. Minted by Anlaf (Olaf) Guthfrithsson

Brooches of the Viking era Urnes Style

Brooches of the Viking era Urnes Style

The Lewis Chessmen, carved from walrus ivory and whales teeth (Belonging to a group of 78 pieces found at one site on the Isle of Lewis (Camas Uig) in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, 1831); 12th century, probably made by Viking craftsmen originating in Trondheim, Norway.

The Lewis Chessmen, carved from walrus ivory and whales teeth (Belonging to a group of 78 pieces found at one site on the Isle of Lewis (Camas Uig) in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, 1831); 12th century, probably made by Viking craftsmen originating in Trondheim, Norway.

Lewis Chessman from the website of National Museums Scotland

Lewis Chessman from the website of National Museums Scotland

The Lewis Chessmen at the museum of Scotland, Edinburgh - a bezerker biting his shield.

The Lewis Chessmen at the museum of Scotland, Edinburgh - a bezerker biting his shield.

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