Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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You may have been too quick to conclude that "defeat is certain" ;  there are certainly contray opinions;

Don - 00:20, 24/04/2020 - A Demonstration of Ard Ri

Rule 13 seems a little tricky. If a position is repeated 3 times, it is clear that both players are repeating moves ... each presumably thinking that to vary would be to his own disadvantage. So, how is it determined who is "in control of the situation" -- and has to move differently?

Rick Knowlton - 03:31, 16/04/2020 - Copenhagen Hnefatafl Rules

Does the official Copenhagen rules state that the king is captured and game over the moment that the king is surrounded or only if he is surrounded with no other moves available with other pieces? I have been playing online versions supposedly playing by Copenhagen rules that play both ways.

Ron Hargrove - 00:39, 06/04/2020 - Four Schools of Hnefatafl

I recently learned the rules of Copenhagen rules Hnefetafl. This was an incredible insight into the strategy used by masters of the game!

Ron Hargrove - 13:38, 05/04/2020 - A Hnefatafl Match with Commentary

Can the king be squashed against the central refuge square if he is surrounded on the other three sides by attackers?

Matt - 05:01, 31/03/2020 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl

Hi. In a situation where a king is in the middle of a row that gets squashed, but in which the king is not surrounded on all sides - who (if anyone) gets captured?

Matt - 04:46, 31/03/2020 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl

Hi I am learning hnefatafl and wondered if there are any players in #Essex England. Apparently my ancestors from Orkney played and are mentioned in the Orkneyingasaga? Tally ho Andrew 

Andrew - 12:48, 08/03/2020 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

THe game is truely exquisite with many twists and turns. It make me very happy. 10/10 would play again . Recomend for anyone who like board games.


Cam noyes - 14:44, 03/03/2020 - The History of Hnefatafl

I play one on line at hnefatafl -lutz that is great. I love this game. 

Billy Johnson - 19:33, 10/02/2020 - Fetlar Hnefatafl

Question: My king is 'two space away from entering the corner space. Black block the the path by place his piece between the corner and my king. Is this a legal move?

Rick Mosley - 15:14, 02/02/2020 - Capturing the Enemy

New to the game

Can you make a move that takes your app one time and sacrifices your own piece?


Simon - 17:20, 19/01/2020 - Frequently Asked Questions


My son and me are playing the Viking Hnefafatl game bought in Scottish National Museum. 

We are now in a position, where white is totally safe. He can not move any sensible moves to attack black. Therefore the only move he makes are the king moving around in the centre. Black has no way he can enter the centre. Is that a draw?

SvendErik - 23:21, 06/01/2020 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl