Surprising Facts About the Vikings

Viking games

Did you know that Vikings actually played board games and dice games? The lowliest member of society to the highest enjoyed these games. Board games were made from wood, and the game pieces were made of bone, wood, glass, amber, antlers, tusk, or even ivory.

Tafl games were popular—they were strategy games played on a checkered board with two armies, similar to chess. Hnefatafl, or ‘Viking chess,’ was even mentioned in several Norse Sagas. Unfortunately, the rules of the game were lost to time. You can find a modern variant today, even online!

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