Thursday, May 8, 2014

Viking Fact Twenty Two

Vikings enjoyed playing many games including chess. Chess pieces of many designs have been discovered at many locations with the most famous being those found on the Isle of Lewis. Now on display at the British Museum the Lewis Chessmen were carved out of walrus ivory and whales teeth sometime between 1150 and 1200. The rooks resemble Viking berzerkers as they chewed on their shields.

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