Hnefatafl - the Viking game
- Fascinating Viking game that is at least 1500 years old
- An unusual strategic war game of unequal forces
- Easy to learn but can require deep thought to win
- Quality resin moulded pieces with a fabric board
- Presented in a cardboard box with rules in 4 languages
The family of Tafl games is at least 1,500 years old and is most closely associated with the Vikings who brought it to all parts of Scandinavia, Britain and many parts of Europe and Russia.
The game is a fascinating game of unequal forces and different objectives. The attackers aim to surround and kill the enemy King while the defenders must protect their King as he tries to escape to a corner of the board. The game is simple to learn but can require deep thought - a classic game of strategic warfare.
The etymology of the word Hnefatafl is disputed but 'hnefi' translates as 'fist' and often referred to the king-piece and tafl in old Norse came to be a generic term for board game. Therefore a likely interpretation is King's Board or King's Table.
This Hnefatafl set contains moulded resin pieces in two different designs made in a simulated wood and ivory finish and based on the famous 12th century Lewis Chessmen. The natural linen board is decorated with typical Viking patterns in the design.
The game is presented in a nice cardboard box and comes with rules (in English, French, German & Japanese) based on those played in the 9th and 10th centuries and using the Hnefatafl board of 11 x 11 squares.
Made in Britain
Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.