Nine Men's Morris

Nine Men's Morris

Nine Men's Morris, also known as Merrills, Mill and Merels, is an old English game that goes back to antiquity - evidence has been found for the game in Egypt. More recently, references in the works of Shakespeare have given it an image of the archetypal medieval board game.

Like most of the best games, Nine Mens Morris rules are simple, the objective being to capture opposing pieces by forming lines of 3. It is an under-rated game of skill that is easy to learn but sometimes requiring deep thought - a bit like grown-up tic-tac-toe (or noughts and crosses). It is an entertaining game for beginners and veterans alike and something for older children and adults to enjoy.


 
 




















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Nine Mens Morris - replica medieval leather board with wooden pieces

  • Nine Mens Morris is the grown-up version of 3 in a row - simple rules but strategic thought required
  • History to before the middle ages. Boards found medieval cathedrals. Mentioned by Shakespeare
  • Great fun for kids while also helping them to learn about history and strategy
  • Hand-made in Britain by a craftsman specialising in leatherwork
  • Real leather roll-up board conveniently stores with the pieces in a cardboard tube

This is an authentic leather replica Nine Mens Morris game with hand-made wooden pieces. Nine Mens Morris was played by both the poor and the upper classes in medieval Europe and these boards enable you to enjoy a little piece of history while playing a great game.

Suitable for museums, schools, families - great for teaching logic skills for children, the board and pieces come in a convenient cardboard tube so take up very little space when not in use.

Made in Britain

Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.

Approx. Dimensions:

Board 26cm square. Tube 28cm long
Board 10.2 inch square. Tube 11 inch long


Nine Mens Morris - replica medieval leather board with wooden pieces

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Philos Nine Mens Morris - wooden folding board

  • A nice Nine Men's Morris game set featuring a folding wooden board
  • Folds in half providing a storage space for the playing pieces
  • A nice looking set at a great price
  • Good fun for all ages

A nice large Nine Men's Morris game set featuring a folding wooden board. When not in the use the board folds in half providing a storage space for the playing pieces.

Nine Mens Morris is also known as Merelles, Merels.

It's difficult to find a good size, straight-forward Nine Mens Morris board these days but this one fits the bill perfectly being well-made and almost a foot square.

It's a nice looking Nine Men's Morris set at a great price.

Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.

Approx. Dimensions:

295 x 148 x 50mm
11.6x5.8x2 inch


Philos Nine Mens Morris - wooden folding board

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French compendium of 4 classic gamesFrench compendium of 4 classic games
 
 
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French compendium of 4 classic games

  • A French compendium of 4 classic games not often seen together
  • Features Nine Men's Morris The Game Of Goose 10 x 10 Draughts and Ludo
  • Includes all the playing pieces needed to enjoy these classic games
  • Included instructions are in French
  • Presented in a simple wooden box with a hinged lid

This is a French compendium of games. There are 4 classic games that are all great and not often seen together in a compendium:

  • Nine Mens Morris (played since at least the middle ages)
  • The Game of Goose (the oldest commercial board game in the world)
  • 10 x 10 Draughts (more enjoyable than the 8 x 8 version)
  • Ludo (in the French style with horses)


Although the instructions are in French, it's such a nice selection of games we couldn't resist making it available from our stock.

Includes 40 draughts, 16 horses, 4 geese in a simple wooden box with a hinged lid.

Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.

Approx. Dimensions:

33 x 33cm. Draughts 22mm diameter.
13x13 inch. Draughts 0.9 inch diameter.


French compendium of 4 classic games

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Inlaid Nine Mens Morris board with wooden piecesInlaid Nine Mens Morris board with wooden pieces
Inlaid Nine Mens Morris board with wooden piecesInlaid Nine Mens Morris board with wooden pieces
Inlaid Nine Mens Morris board with wooden piecesInlaid Nine Mens Morris board with wooden pieces
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Inlaid Nine Mens Morris board with wooden pieces

  • Oak Nine Mens Morris board with Ash underside
  • Includes a set of nice wooden playing pieces
  • Board is marked using typography - laser burned on lines and points
  • A beautiful game to treasure and enjoy

A stunning Oak Nine Mens Morris board with Ash underside, supplied with wooden Draughts pieces.

The lines and points on the board are marked using pyrography - they are burnt into the wood.

Includes a set of wooden playing pieces that work nicely with the look of the board and a set of rules. A beautiful game to treasure and enjoy.

The game comes in an straightforward cardboard carton.

Approx. Dimensions:

Board: 33 x 33 x 2.5cm Pieces: 30mm
Board: 13x13x1 inch Pieces: 1.2 inch


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Inlaid Nine Mens Morris board with wooden pieces

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Spare set of Nine Mens Morris pieces (30mm diameter)

A spare set of Nine Men's Morris pieces to go with our beautiful Inlaid Nine Men's Morris board.

Includes 9 natural wood pieces and 9 dark pieces so you have two spares.

Approx. Dimensions:

Pieces: 30mm diameter
Pieces: 1.2 inch diameter


Spare set of Nine Mens Morris pieces (30mm diameter)

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Hand Made Nine Mens Morris Game

Masters Traditional Games is proud to make available these unique, extremely high quality Nine Mens Morris boards in a traditional style. Hand-made to our own commission by an experienced Marquetry craftshop - you won't find the elegant boards on this page anywhere else.

For the games enthusiast or any lover of fine wooden objects, the Nine Mens Morris board is faced entirely with natural Oak. The lines and spots are inlaid and the board is accompanied by matching wooden disks.

Quality Nine Mens MorrisQuality inlaid Nine Mens MorrisBoard dimensions are 36 cm (14 inches) square, rules and pieces are included. The game is housed in a strong green box.

Made in Britain


Hand Made Nine Mens Morris Game


Apologies - we cannot source this product at present so it is suspended. It is hoped that we will find another source in the long term but we cannot guarantee it.

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The Origin of Nine Mens Morris



Nine Mens Morris is another contender for the prize of 'Oldest game in the world' and is known by a number of different names in England - Nine Mens Morris or Morelles or Merrills or Merels or Mill or just plain Morris.

The game is most likely an evolution of the simpler Three Mens Morris and primitive board patterns have been found dating back to as early as 1440BC, cut into the temple at Kurna, Egypt. Other boards have been discovered in Ceylon, carved during the reign of Mahadithika Maha-Naga (9-21AD). Boards have also been found across Europe in such places as the first city of Troy, within a Bronze age burial site in Ireland and at the Acropolis in Athens. In Europe the game's popularity peaked during the Fourteenth Century.

The old English game used to be played with black and white pebbles on a board that was dug into village greens using a trowel. It was also popular in many taverns with boards marked with chalk on a table. The game is actually mentioned in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Act 2, Scene 2 - "The Nine Mens Morris is filled up with mud" which must have been a common problem for the primitive boards when it rained!

You can learn more about the History of Morris from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.

 

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