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Rook. Moves across unobstructed orthogonal line.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Anonymous wrote on Fri, May 27, 2005 02:51 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
Interestingly, the only other European languages where the word is based on 'rukh,' rather than being that language's word for 'tower' or 'castle,' are Icelandic and Faroese -- both repositories of Old Norse vocabulary. I wonder if this might show a direct transmission of chess and chess terms from Iran/Arabia to the Norse lands, and through them to England, by means of the Varangian mercenaries?