Origin of the name HROKR.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HROKR.
Norse. From hrokr (roc), meaning "croaker; the
rook," allegorically, "brave warrior" or "hero."
(Notes and Queries, 1875).
... La Peyrere, in a letter
written from Copenhagen to M. La Mothe le Vayer, in 1644, says, "The
differences between the Chess-men of the Icelanders and our own are
these: our Fools are with them Bishops, since they
hold it right that the ecclesiastics should occupy the situation near the
King; their Rooks are little Captains, which the Icelandic scholars
here call Centurions. They are represented with swords by
their sides, and with puffed-out cheeks blowing a horn, which they hold in
both their hands." Without entering further at present into the
peculiarities here noticed, it will be sufficient to observe, that the
Icelandic term for this piece is Hrókr, which signifies a brave warrior or
hero,§ and is evidently intended to represent the original Eastern term
given to this piece...
§ Hrokr, vir fortis et grandis; en stor og
stark mand. Longurio, latrunculorum satelles, Brikke i
Shakspil. Haldorson. "Hrokr, gloriosus, thraso. In
ludo latrunculorum Shák vulgo dicto, miles hrokr
appellatur, elatus quippe superbusque."—Index to the Orkneyinga
Saga. (The Chess Player's Chronicle, v.1, 1841).