Hnefatafl - The Viking Game

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  • Gift box presentation.
  • Made in the UK.
  • 1 white king.
  • 12 white defenders.
  • 24 dark attackers.
  • Linen playing surface.
  • Rules and Historical information leaflet.

Hnefatafl, also known as The Viking Game, is a unique and thrilling game where two unequal sides battle for victory. With 24 soldiers strategically placed on the border, the attacking team must use the rook-like moves of their pieces to capture their opponent's soldiers through strategic "sandwiching". Meanwhile, the defending team of 12 soldiers and their king must try to escape to one of the four corner squares. With various rule variations to explore, Hnefatafl is a game full of excitement and possibilities. Whether as a gift or for yourself, this game is sure to provide endless hours of enjoyment.


Hnefatafl - The Viking Game was a beloved pastime during the Dark Ages in Northern Europe and remains one of history's most renowned board games. Rooted in Viking culture, the game was cherished in homes and spread throughout the lands they conquered as early as AD400. The starting advantage for the attacking force reflects the success of these fierce raids. The king piece symbolizes the presence of Viking leaders on the battlefield. Archaeological findings reveal the evolution of the game, with various versions and rules throughout history. "Hnefatafl" translates to "King's Table" and ancient manuscripts detail the proper way to play. While different versions of the game were enjoyed in different places and times, its popularity declined in the 11th century with the rise of chess. Discover the timeless appeal of Hnefatafl - The Viking Game.

Experience the medieval charm of the famous Isle Of Lewis with this Hnefatafl set featuring a printed "board" on woven textile. The intricately designed pieces showcase the popularity of this beloved game among the common population who could not afford lavish luxuries.


  • Linen board
  • 24 dark pieces
  • 12 light pieces
  • 1 light king
  • Rules booklet
  • Two year warranty


King Height 1.7 inches
King Base Diameter 0.75 inches
King Weight 16 grams
Pawn Height 1 inches
Pawn Weight 8 grams
Pawn Base Diameter 0.3 inches
Materials Crushed Stone Resin, Linen
Board Size 11 inches
Board Thickness 0.1 inches
Square Size 0.75 inches