Some comments and responses...

Hnefatafl - tactics and strategy

I would like to commend you for your excellent postings on Hnefatafl strategy and tactics. I believe that the game of Hnefatafl will benefit from your willingness to share your insights into the game. Given the hundreds of books written about chess strategy and tactics, your postings are a welcome beginning to a literature on the tactics and strategy of Hnefatafl. Best wishes and I look forward to reading your future posts.

Your excellent work...

There's something very special about a three dimensional object, as opposed to a painting... I loved your work but would love to see it in the flesh, very Giger like some of it... Hammerhead was a fav of mine - great sketches... great to meet you on Fetlar Tim, hope to see you again sometime...
Fetlar Voice

Your work

Love your work and admire the inspiration you must have to sculpt. Quite in awe of the time and expertise you put into each piece. Hope to see you in Shetland for the next World Hnefatafl Championships...Take care. Theresa
Theresa New - New Scatness Carvings


There is folklore in Shetland which you might like: Finn is a recurring name in the isles, with many theories and tales about a type of people called Finns, who had extraordinary powers, enabling them to transform into a bird or fish at will. They could row to Norway and back between sunrise and sunset, and in some stories were said to possess a garment, or skin, that when worn, allowed them to take to the sea like a seal. Many tales tell of lost skins and poor souls, forever trapped on earth. Fetlar has the Finnigert Dyke and the settlement of Funzie (pronounced Finnie).
Mavis Grind

Fettling fetlar

Congratulations on your successful firing. Are you planning to mount the trophy on a based which can have each years winners named engraved/hewn? Good job Mr Millar.
Adam Bartley

Ram O' Seas

Was listening to radio programme about coin featuring portrait of Alexander the Great - with ram's horns. The reason? Because early in his career he visited the temple of Ammon at Siwa (Libya) where a prophecy predicted that he would conquer the world, which he duly did, and became seen as an incarnation of both Zeus and Ammon (the ram-headed god of Egypt).
Mavis Grind


Wow, nice squids! You mention Lovecraft and Borges as influences - didn't Borges write a story based on (and dedicated to) Lovecraft? The "forgotten Goddess" looks sad. You should make some worshippers for her. Yours, F.A.
Fanny Ashworth

The Legend of St. Hilda of Whitby

Dear Tim are you aware of this tale?
Whitby ... the myth of St. Hilda and the ammonites. Legend tells of a plague of snakes which Hilda turned to stone - supposedly explaining the presence of ammonite fossils on the shore. In fact, the ammonite genus Hildoceras takes its scientific name from St. Hilda. It was not unknown for local artisans to carve snakes' heads onto ammonites, and sell these "relics" as proof of her miracle. The coat of arms of nearby Whitby includes three such 'snakestones'.
A well-wisher