Pillage First THEN Burn

I’ve always been a bit fascinated with ancient games, especially board and dice games. When we made the dision to add games to our arsenal of crafty creations, I just knew Hnefatafl had to be amongst them.

Hnefatafl is a tafl game, played as far back as 400CE and is nicknamed King’s Table and Viking Chess. This ancient game was very popular all the way up to the 11th century and held on through today. This tafl game was most popular amongst the Norse, but was played across Europe. It is thought to be one of a handful of games that eventually evolved into chess as we know it today and a world hnefatafl tournament is played in Fetlar every year (this year it will be on August 6th).

Check out all these other great items we found on Etsy. Just imagine decking out the family room all viking or celt style, kicking back with a flagon of mead and stroking your braided beard (real or fake) while contemplating your next ruthless move.

‘Pillage First THEN Burn’ by barbedlotus

Viking Cat – ORIGIN…


Ear Art for the Mod…


Viking Dragon Ship …


Lugh the Long Arm 5…


Pattern- Queen Isab…


Lael Viking Hat PDF…


TOR Talisman CELTIC…


Long braided viking…


Minnesota Vikings B…


RAVEN Necklace


manly viking helmet


Handmade Black Scot…


Tartan Ribbon Kilt …


Tiny Viking Ship is…


The “Celtic Ma…


Catseye the Mauler …


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Our Hnefatafl set includes glass stone pieces, instructions and history of the game, a poem form of the instructions, riddle cards, and are all contained in a wooden game board box that has had the game board hand burned on top.

We will be introducing more tafl games to our shop this winter, maybe sooner, as well as other games from around the world, as well as peg doll Hnefatafl sets featuring an army of vikings pitted against an army of celts.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kathleen Wall
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 18:24:35

    I am interested in purchasing one of your Hnefatafl game boxes. Please send me a link to purchase. Thank you!


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