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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-12-21
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Rook. Moves across unobstructed orthogonal line.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-03-09 UTC
Another connection between this piece and birds is that it takes the shortest route from rank to rank or file to file - 'as the crow flies', and flight also ties with a chariot being a metaphorical flier, as in Marvell's 'Time's wingèd chariot'. I understood that the word meaning 'hero' or 'brave warrior' was a North European one, and influenced the design of the Rooks in the Lewis chess set (click on the carved figure for this set).