Chess in Iceland and in Icelandic Literature: With Historical Notes on Other Table Games

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Florentine Typographical Society, 1905 - Games - 400 pages
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Page 86 - della zara, Colui che perde si riman dolente Ripetendo le volte, e tristo impara : Con 1' altro se ne va tutta la gente : Qual va dinanzi, e qual diretro
Page 128 - be hostile piece on the board that is not a component part of that row. When all the pieces aro laid down, they are played backwards and forwards, in any direction that the lines run, but can only go from one spot to another
Page 92 - this country. It was played with three dice and the usual number of men or pieces. The peculiarity of the game depended on the mode of first placing the men on the points. If one of the players threw some particular throw of the dice,
Page 304 - an odd bit of writing, to say the least. In the lives of several of the North family by Roger North (1734), the writer says of one, whom he is describing: "Whatever games were stirring, at places where he retired, as gammon, gleek, picquet, or even the merry main,
Page 127 - hence the pastime itself received that denomination. It was certainly much used by shepherds formerly, and continues to be used by them, and other rustics, to the present hour. But it is very far from being confined to the practice of boys and girls. The form of the merelle table, and the lines upon it, as it appeared in
Page 25 - and two ways to meet thy play.' Frithiof said: —'Thy play is to fall first on the knave, yet the double game is sure to be.' No other out-come of his errand had Hilding ; he went back speedily to the Kings, and told them
Page 128 - by depositing them in the holes in the same manner that they are set over the dots upon the table." Strutt closes his description with the citation from Shakespeare—or rather a portion of it—the whole of which is reproduced on a
Page 345 - of any interest that took place at this meeting; and the kings separated the dearest of friends." The translation is not very good, but it gives an idea of the incident. We see by the tale that dice-boxes were not then known even among kings, and that
Page 129 - possible, even at the last, form a line, which is sometimes done by very wary manœuvres. However simple 'Ninepenny Marl' may appear, much skill is required, particularly in the choice of the first places, so as to form the lines as perfectly and quickly as possible. This game, like cards,
Page 127 - century is here represented (see fig. 4). These lines have not been varied. The black spots at every angle and intersection of the lines are the places for the men to be laid upon. The men

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