boardgames, English, Medieval, Old Norse

Doubts on origins of Lewis Chessmen

Doubts cast on Chessmen origins New research has cast doubt on traditional theories about the historic Lewis Chessmen. The 93 pieces - currently split between museums in Edinburgh and London - were discovered on Lewis in 1831. But the research suggests they may have been used in both chess and Hnefatafl - a similar game… Continue reading Doubts on origins of Lewis Chessmen

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boardgames, Celtic, English, Medieval, Old Norse

Lewis Chessmen may not be chessmen after all…

Who has not heard of the Lewis Chessmen? These 900-years-old, beautifully carved ivory gaming pieces even made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as living chess pieces. A recent study made my heart skip a beat as it argues that these gaming pieces were not used for Chess, as has been believed… Continue reading Lewis Chessmen may not be chessmen after all…