Photo gallery on the Viking board game Hnefatafl.

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Photographer: Christoph Treskow, "Kratzer", Germany.

19/10/2017. Christoph Treskow, "Kratzer", sent these photos. Christoph writes:
Some weeks ago I took some photographs of my tafl board collection. Two of them are from Steiger, the flat one I bought in the Internet many years ago. Another photograph shows my parents playing hnefatafl at Christmas 2014.
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Photographer: Vogneslav Zmijovich, Ukraine.

14/10/2017. Vogneslav Zmijovich sent these photos from a board game picnic with the Ancient games club "Gral'nyj Majdan", Kiev, Ukraine, October 2017.
Last photo: Ancient Hnefatafl pieces found in Kiev and exhibited in Kiev Museum.
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Photographer: Olga Mudrichenko, Russia.

24/7/2017. An ancient Greek board game 3700 years old!
The game pieces are quite like a type of hnefatafl pieces often found.

Olga writes: Arrived yesterday from Greece - Cyprus. We were in the capital of Cyprus in the archaeological Museum, a few photos from the Museum.
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Nyborg 2017
Photographer: Aage Nielsen, Denmark,
Elis. Andersen, Denmark.


Nyborg Medieval Market July 2nd 2017, Denmark.
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Photographer: Alexander Steiger Dis, Ukraine.

23/6/2017. Alexander Steiger Dis ("Steiger") sent these photos of his hnefatafl set.
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Photographer: Knarresmed, Norway.

3/6/2017. Tønsberg Middelalderfestival, Norway. Medieval board games including tafl.
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Photographer: Olga Mudrichenko, Russia.

17/06/2017. A summer day at the ancient Viking settlement site Staraya Ladoga near Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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The Board Game Studies Colloquium XX in Copenhagen May 17th-20th 2017.

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Photographer: Aage Nielsen, Denmark.

21/5/2017. The Board Game Studies Colloquium XX in Copenhagen 2017.
The group photo was taken by Marisa Uberti, Italy.
Then some glimpses from the lectures.
Last photo: the Dutch inventor gave all participants a copy of his game "Metropolis, the battle of the robots, the first real S.F. play" from 1978 as a present.
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Hnefatafl boards designed by Lucho Panchev ("OdinHimself"), Bulgaria.

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Photographer: Lucho Panchev ("OdinHimself"), Bulgaria.

15/5/2017. Lucho Panchev ("OdinHimself"), Bulgaria, sent these photos of his tafl boards!
Panchev designed all the boards and had them carved by professional carvers.
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See photos also on World Tafl Federation facebook.
Alea Berserk 19x19
Photographer: Adam Bartley, Norway.

7/02/2017. Tim Millar and Adam Bartley trying the Alea Berserk 19x19 for the first time.
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Sutton Hoo viking helmet Leif Ericson statue
Photographer: Steve Lonsdale ("xerxes"), UK.

6/1/2017. Steve Lonsdale writes:
The first photo is of the reconstruction of the Viking helmet found at Sutton Hoo (now in the British Museum); the second is of the statue of Leif Ericson at L'Anse Aux Meadows.
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Some events in Denmark July 2015.

The Saga Oseberg viking ship.

Sutton Hoo
July 2015 the magnificent replica of the Oseberg Viking Ship visited Roskilde on its first longer voyage from Norway, to do a week of sailing testing and experimenting in the Roskilde Fjord.

We took a photo series of this grand ship.

Newspaper photos series.

Video clip, the Oseberg ship departs from Skagen towards Roskilde.

Video clip of the Oseberg ship arrival to Roskilde.

A couple of notes about the Oseberg visit on the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum facebook.

Article about the ship's voyage.


There's a story to this ship:

The ship was built 820 in Norway, put in the burial mound in Tønsberg 834 and was found and excavated 1903-1905.

1987 a replica of the ship was built, which on its very first trial run sailed itself straight to the bottom of the sea after 20 seconds in water! Fortunately all crew survived. After that experience, many scientists were of the opinion that the ship was built for ceremonial use only, and not for real use at sea.

However, the original ship found in the mound did show very distinct traces of heavy use, so in 2004 a new project for reviewing the ship all over from scratch was started up with a Norwegian team from Tønsberg in collaboration with a Danish team from the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum. Every piece of wood from the original find, and every piece of documentary note from the excavatation was restudied very carefully, and it turned out that grave errors had been done with the 1987 replica. Each and every centimeter and detail everywhere in the ship counts and can be crucial.

A new replica was built, this time extremely carefully, using viking tools only, and everything exactly as found in the original. Planks were even lashed together with baleens as they were in the original. And while they were at it, all carvings and ornamentations were done most accurately; even a Viking sailor's grafitti carving under a board, depicting a wolf, horses and a ship's bow, was done on the replica as found in the original.

2012 the new replica was launched, and this time certainly without sinking. This time it doesn't sail itself down the water but elegantly lifts its bow at some speed. July 2015 the ship went on its first longer voyage, to Roskilde, Denmark, for the scientists to do a week's testing and experimenting in the Roskilde Fjord with the ship and sailing techniques. In the first trial runs it appeared a bit heavy in the beat, but after 500 kg ballast was moved from the back to the middle of the ship, it beat up against the wind like a dream.

The captain told a visitor that they beat up to 65 degrees against the wind, and always at full speed. As the ship has no side drift keel, speed is what keeps the course against the wind.

Nyborg Medieval Market.

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Nyborg Medieval Market photos.

Trelleborg Viking Market.

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Trelleborg Viking Market photos.

Land of Legends, Viking Market.

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Land of Legends photos.

Many legends tell of Danish kings in prehistoric times seated in a location called Hleithr, the prehistoric capital of Denmark from before year 500 until about year 1000 when the town Roskilde was founded as the king's new seat. (About 1450 the king's seat moved on to Copenhagen). In addition to Danish prehistoric legends, Lejre is also mentioned in historical sources abroad.

The legends point towards a location 9 km from Roskilde today called Lejre, and as it happens, in Lejre is found one of Scandinavia's largest ship settings, 83 metres long. Yet it was for a long time fashion among Danish archaeologists to write off the legends and Lejre as pure myths. Until 1997, that is, when a 48 x 11 metres king's hall from about year 550 was found in Lejre, and later it turned out to be one in a complex of several large buildings. 2009 also a fine silver figurine made about year 900 and depicting Odin on his throne with his two ravens was found in Lejre.

In Lejre continued to be a magnate's seat with names like Lejregård, today Ledreborg and looking like this:
Ledreborg.

In the very landscape of the legendary kings was 1964 founded the Centre for Historical-Archaeological Research, today called Land of Legends. There you find fx. an authentically reconstructed iron age village, inhabited by volunteers, and a reconstruction of the Lejre ship setting, built authentically by manual power. In near future also a reconstruction of the found Lejre king's hall will be built there.
   The place is a centre for experimental arhaeological research. They've built also a bronze age burial mound authentically by manual power (large stones). And they've built iron age houses and let some burn and others just decay over time, to compare the result with found archaeological traces.
Land of Legends.

Year 500-1000; so Hleithr has seen a lot of Hnefatafl played!

By the way, experimental historical research has much to do with the work the tafl players' community does on this site, besides enjoying the games. I once wrote a forum note about that:
A comment about testing of rules.

Køge Medieval Market.

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Køge Medieval Market photos.
Roskilde, Denmark, 1998.

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Photographer: Aage Nielsen, Denmark.

Celebration of 1000 years anniversary of Roskilde 1998.
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Land of Legends, Lejre, Denmark, 1997.

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Photographer: Aage Nielsen, Denmark.

The Iron Age village.
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Anniversary of Alexander Nevsky's victory against the Swedes 1240.

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Sent by Olga Mudrichenko, Russia.

Olga writes:
July 18th 2015 the anniversary of Alexander Nevsky's victory against the Swedes was celebrated on the picturesque bank of the river Tosna near Sct. Peterburg at a memorial. Here the prayer took place before the forthcoming battle 775 years ago, in 1240.
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Fornebei Herfolk's Viking Festival, Formby, UK, September 2015

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Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK. Tony took two photos.

Thor's hammer inscription: Fornibir Miolnir k?alini.
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Fornebei Herfolk's Viking Festival, Formby, UK, 04.10.2014

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Photographer: first two photos Tim Millar ("crust"), UK, last two photos Formby Times.

Article in Formby Times
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English Hnefatafl Championship 2014

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Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK.

14/08/2014. Millar writes:
Enclosing some pictures of the English Championship; sorry they are not better quality, I only had my phone which is a little scratched.
1:    Trophies for senior and junior tournament.
2:    Shane Wilson (junior champion 2014), Pete Jennings (senior champion 2013), Guy Lown.
3:    Tim Bullen (senior champion 2014) vs. Ian Kirkbride.
4:    Tim Bullen vs. Tony Higginson.
5:    Shane Wilson vs. Pete Jennings.
6:    Hnefatafl hall.
Also this article appeared in the local newspaper:
Sutton Hoo: Cut-throat competition for Anglo-Saxon chess champs
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Viking Still lives
Viking Still lives, Adam Bartley, Norway.
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Go team tafl, Canada.
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Hnefatafl paper board, see more at:
Paper Modelers.
Who know the craft of good Viking- and other ancient art? The Russians do!
96 photos of ancient style works.
79 photos of ancient style works.
312 photos of ancient style works.
2131 photos of ancient style works.
Besides:
28 photos of boards.
10 photos of boards.
9 photos of boards.
508 photos from Russian Viking life.
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Photographer: Altti Piirsoo, USA.

26/12/2013. altti writes:
Two new boards. It came to me one day "the field is green!" so I made them using tulip poplar heartwood. altti
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Hnefatafl in Berlin
Photographer: Joachim Lissner, "Neues Deutschland", Germany.

Hnefatafl in Berlin.
28th of November 2013 in Berlin there was a hnefatafl demonstration match between a Norwegian chess player and a German hnefatafl player.
See Rene Gralla's report from the day with photos!
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Photographer: Olga Mudrichenko, Russia.

Izborsk at the Estonian-Russian border is the site of an ancient Viking settlement. June 26th 2011.
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Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK.

28/09/2013. Millar writes:
It's an open-air hnefatafl set at Shave Farm, Somerset, UK. I made it for today's arts festival there; I hope later to get some pics of people playing on this set.
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Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK.

31/08/2013. Millar writes:
It's a hand-made 9x9 hnefatafl set by Sven Mattes, a saxon re-enactor in the Ealdfaeder group whom I met at the English Hnefatafl Championship at Sutton Hoo recently. He was kind enough to alter the board for me, so that its markings show the "cross" starting position as well as the "square" which I had never seen before but is usual among the Ealdfaeder Saxons.
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English National Hnefatafl Championship 2013

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Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK.

19/08/2013.
1:    hnefatafl room
2:    "Logs of War" hnefatafl set (made by Millar)
3:    semi-final
4:    Pete Jennings (winner) with trophy
5:    Pete Jennings and the Ealdfaeder Saxons demonstrate the shieldwall
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Photographer: "conanlibrarian", Germany (except first one from newspaper).

16/7/2013. conanlibrarian writes:
I was in Karlskoga this summer, and I took the opportunity to check out the public Hnefatafl board. The game is right in the center of the town, and any one can borrow the game pieces for free in the Tourist Information, right next to the game board. So if anyone visits Karlskoga, just ask in the tourist info office, and they will show you were the game is. Regrettably I did not get a chance to play but I made a couple of photos of the board game and pieces.
   Last in the photo series are two pictures of my new Tablut board.
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Photographer: Adam Bartley, Norway.

02/06/2013. Adam writes:
well thats the Tønsberg middelages festival over. Plenty of interested people and new players.
   Here are a couple of photos of the new boards as promised. the big one is 120cmx120cm. The little one about 50x50cm. Slices of birch as the pieces.
   You'll notice I decided to invert the colours. I believe there is a viking source that indicates the colours may have been this way. It doesn't really matter of course, but it fits in with my theory about the kings side being the 'bad guys' or dishonourable cowards. So the vikings are the attackers, representing the good guys, while the king is a scumbag, running away to save his own skin!
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Photographer: "Epoc", Italy.

28/5/2013. A new tafl set made by Sybil.
In the photo: Sybil and Epoc.
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staraya ladoga
Photographer: Olga Mudrichenko, Russia.

Spring atmosphere May 2nd 2013 on the site of the ancient Viking settlement Staraya Ladoga near St. Petersburg, Russia.

And here a photocollage from Staraya Ladoga 2010. Click on the collage for full size (Photographer: Olga Mudrichenko, Russia).
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Photographer: Ryan Olson, USA ("Rynoknight").

02/05/2013. Tafl set made by Ryan Olson, USA ("Rynoknight").
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Photographer: Tim Millar, UK ("crust").

24/03/2013. Tafl set made by Tim Millar, UK ("crust"). Millar writes:
It's a tafl set I have just made, for the Longships or Sea-Battle version. The pieces and board are hand-carved wood, and the "treasure ship" (King piece) is based on the Malmo Cog Ship. I used a peg-and-hole system so that the pieces won't fall off if it's played on board a real ship.... p.s. I just had a very friendly e-mail from someone in Portsmouth, says they have started up a hnefatafl club and they meet once a month to play and drink ale!
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Photographer: Fairland, USA.

2/1/2013. Hnefatafl game set made by "Fairland", USA. Fairland writes:
Here are some pictures of my home-made hnefatafl board. While it is still a work in progress, all of the pieces will be carved like the one I hold in the third picture, and the board will be stained when I am done.
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17/12/2012. Multi board game set made by Altti Piirsoo, New York, USA.



06/01/2013. New board. Altti writes:
Throne, corners and borders are of red mahogany, center 7x7 are birch heartwood, tablut bases are of birch sapwood crossgrain, edge 11x11 is of birch sapwood. tablut edges are of oak (not much different in appearance from birch heartwood, unfortunately). flip side is red mahogany and birch chess board.


25/01/2013. New board. Altti writes:
9x9 boarder is copper, tablut bases - oak, 11x11 bases - tulip poplar (green), throne and corners - mahogany, field - tulip poplar (white). Chess board is of red cedar and weathered poplar.

Photographer: Altti Piirsoo, New York, USA.
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carved Hnefatafl game
Photographer: Phil Lacher, USA.

Carved Hnefatafl game set, se more photos here.
Roskilde Viking Ship Museum
Photographer: Aage Nielsen, Denmark.

Photos from Yule Market at Roskilde Viking Ship Museum December 8th 2012.
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Photographer: arne64, Germany.

18/12/2012. Hnefatafl set made by "arne64", Germany.
Notice that the game pieces can be used for the Berserk Hnefatafl variant also!

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Roskilde Viking Ship Museum
Photographer: Elisabeth Andersen, Denmark.

Photos from a visit to Roskilde Viking Ship Museum September 14th 2012.
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Photographer: Adam Bartley, Norway.

16/05/2012. Adam Bartley writes: Some photos of the hnefatafl sets I had made for the Vikinger i krig exhibition at Midgard Historisk Senter, Borre, Norway. There is a 9x9 Longship Tafl, and the 11x11 superimposed onto a trelleborg using lewis chess men as the pieces. The mix of old and new is a reflection of the museum itself, which is a very modern piece of architecture next to the burial mounds.

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Photographer: "Epoc", Italy.

15/05/2012. The making of two Hnefatafl sets. Made by Epoc and Sybil. Italy.
Next time the two hnefatafl finished...

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Photographer: "barba", Nederland.

07/05/2012. Barba, Netherlands, writes:
I discovered the game Hnefatafl a month ago and shortly after that I discovered your site. I made some pictures of my little homemade tafl.

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homemade Hnefatafl board
Photographer: Shaun Nelson, UK.
13/03/2012. Hnefatafl sets made by Shaun Nelson, UK, for the village pub.
Tim Millar says: The photo is of the hnefatafl sets made by Shaun Nelson in Burnsall, Yorkshire U.K ("shaunyman"). They started a hnefatafl club which played regularly in the village pub.

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Photographer: "chuck ward", USA.

02/03/2012. The Hnefatafl game of chuck ward, USA:
The first two photos show an oak plywood board that I cut and woodburned.
The board on the last photo is a gift I got from a friend. He made it out of poplar wood with oak trim and metal tacks.

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homemade Hnefatafl board
Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK.
Tim Millar's beach hnefatafl set, UK:
It's the beach hnefatafl set I made on Tresta Beach, Fetlar, Shetland, in 2009. I doubt very much that it is still there... I used it for a bit of practice before the competition.
Materials: Sand, pebbles.

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homemade Hnefatafl board
Photographer: Belinda Rush Jansen, UK.
17/02/2012. Hnefatafl set made by Belinda Rush Jansen, UK, made from an old wooden tray.
Tim Millar says: This picture was sent to me by a sculptor named Belinda Rush Jansen who lives in Wiltshire, UK. It's really aesthetic. I think the board is an old wooden tray - good idea.

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homemade Hnefatafl board
Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK.
17/02/2012. One of Adam Bartley's first Hnefatafl sets, Norway.
Tim Millar says: This is Adam Bartley's hnefatafl set, which he made back in the early 1990's I think. Adam knew the game as "Vikings". The board is etched steel, and the pieces are made from plastic model kit sprue and string, and I love the fact that each side has a little "prison" to keep the captured warriors in.

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homemade Hnefatafl board
Photographer: "Beadle", USA.
16/02/2012. The Hnefatafl game of Beadle, USA:
I made the board with plywood, marked it with a pencil, and sprayed a transparent gloss coating over it to protect it. The glass pieces are taken from a commercial "3 Stones" game that I never played very much (I like Hnefatafl more, after all).

It looks a lot like a "Go" board. This is an intentional strategy reference, as both games have a common element of "surrounding" to win.

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homemade Hnefatafl board
Photographer: Damian Valle, Spain.
15/02/2012. Hnefatafl set made by Damian Valle, Spain.
Here the leather bag with the pieces is also the game board!

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homemade Hnefatafl board
Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK.
Tim Millar's "wall of hnefatafl", UK:
It's the vertical "wall of hnefatafl" I made as a teaching aid for the Burnsall Viking Festival (Yorkshire, UK) in 2010. I got the idea from a vertical wall-mounted magnetic chess set I saw once.
Materials: wooden curtain rings, wooden planks and 121 steel hooks.

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homemade Hnefatafl board
Photographer: "Oddur", Ukraine.
January 2012. Oddur, Ukraine, drew and made this Hnefatafl game board. The board is also used for the classic DOS game Legend of Ragnarok, thus the special squares.

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Photographer: Chip Meador, USA.
21/11/2010. Chip Meador, USA, made this Hnefatafl game board. It is made large to fit on a park table or on a kitchen table.

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Photographer: Aage Nielsen, Denmark.

One of webmaster's hnefatafl games.
Necktie with the viking Hagbard.
Viking post stamp 16.3.2012; surely the drawing is not fair to the vikings!

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Photographer: Knud-Erik Madsen,
Denmark.
Knud-Erik Madsen ("Knud Viking"), Denmark, is a Viking ship builder and member of a Viking re-enactment group and made this Hnefatafl game table.

Notice the two holes in the game table - for the beer horns!
Tønsberg Middelalderfestival June 4th-6th 2010, Norway.

Tønsberg Middelaldersfestival Hnefatafl board
Photographer: Adam Bartley, Norway.
Adam Bartley was presenting the Hnefatafl game at the festival and took these photos.

In the first photo medieval children are playing hnefetafl at the festival. The set has now been donated to Midgard Historisk Senter in Borre, Vestfold, where people can play on it in the Viking play area.

Bartley also made the indoor board inspired by the Gokstad board fragment (second photo) which people play in the activity room.

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Burnsall Viking Festival September 3rd-5th 2010, England.

Burnsall Viking Festival
Photographer: Tim Millar ("crust"), UK.
Tim Millar was at the festival in Yorkshire, England, teaching hnefatafl to the public and running the tournament.
Millar took this photos series from the festival
which is also mentioned in newspaper articles in
Craven Herald
and
Yorkshire Post.


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