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The Lewis Chessmen, probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200. At this period, the Western Isles, where the chessmen were buried, were part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

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Lewis Chessmen Berserker: according to Old Norse literature, berserkers were notorious as fighting uncontrollably in a trance like state. Notice how our Berserker has bulging staring eyes and angrily bites his shield ready for action!

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Poppies at the Tower of London

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The National History of Iceland contains many unique relics, including this wonderful set of pieces for the Viking version of chess.

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Lewis Chessman, British Museum Probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200 Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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Right: Chess Piece in the Form of Knight, ca. 1250 CE. English. Walrus ivory. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

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Three chess pieces from an original batch of 92 found near Uig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, some time before 1831. They were hand carved from walrus ivory or whales teeth and they are most probably Norwegian, used by Vikings to kill time before a raid and another. Seen at British Museum, London.

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Warder of the Lewis Chessmen Probably made in Scandinavia, thought to be Norway, about AD 1150-1200 | Found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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

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lazyacorn: the silence of the desert • Pagan Slavic Idols: Dazhdbog, Khors, Lada,… on We Heart It. https://weheartit.com/entry/26934102/via...

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