The Chessmen of Doom

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Antique iron keys from France ~ "Chateau keys. Every-day-run-of-the-mill keys. Teeny tiny keys to unlock your secrets. The key to a loved one's heart. Gate keys." / BelleBrocante

Antique Key Collection: Antique iron keys from France ~ "Chateau keys. Every-day-run-of-the-mill keys. Teeny tiny keys to unlock your secrets. The key to a loved one's heart.

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.

These chess pieces, called the Lewis Chessmen, were found in Scotland (Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides) at some point before 1831 and were probably made in Scandinavia (thought to be Norway) about Walrus ivory and whales’ teeth.The British Museum.

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

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

The Chessmen of Doom (1989)

The Chessmen of Doom by John Bellairs, illustrated by Edward Gorey

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