Ivory Vikings and The Importance of Walrus Ivory to the Greenland Norse Proven

Author, historian Nancy Marie Brown’s latest book, ‘Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them.’ is the author of four non-fiction books on Icelandic history, myths, science and sagas, drew from this same source of knowledge for her first work of fiction, ‘The Saga of Gudrid-The Far-Traveler.’
In the early 1800’s, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard’s Chess with them in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.’ Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects.
Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where? Nancy Marie Brown’s ‘Ivory Vikings’ explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, ‘Ivory Vikings’ presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Norway and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800’s and 900’s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the twelfth century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.
Nancy Marie Brown’s latest book, ‘Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them.’ In a starred review, Booklist calls it “a delight” and “endlessly fascinating.” The New Yorker chimes in with “exciting” and “absorbing,” while according to The Economist, “the story bristles with fascinating facts.”
Ivory Vikings is “a true cornucopia, bursting with delicious revelations,” says advance reader Geraldine Brooks, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. “Whether your passion is chess, art, archaeology, literature, or the uncanny and beautiful landscape of Iceland, Ivory Vikings offers rich and original insights by a writer who is as erudite as she is engaging.”

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