Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

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We are planning a memerioal Tournament for the late Peter Kelly who was the architect in developing the Fetlar Rules. Provsionally set for 21st October at Fetlar hall. There will be both Junior and Senior catgories as well as a Junior v senior champoin match. Finals will be played using real vikings from Shetland Up Helly Aa squads as pieces ! You can keep up to date on the latest information about the tournament at

The rules used will of course be the Fetlar rules using the speed Hnefatafl format that Peter also developed, where players have to move before the strike of a gong struck at quite short intervals !

We would love to see anyone who can make it.

Robert Thomson - 13:50, 10/08/2017 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

could you please make this game online for playing. thank you.

mr. hnefgatafl

mr. hnefgatafl - 06:07, 26/07/2017 - Hnefatafl Matches

Thanks for your enquiry, Clotilde! As this is a hobby business, I tend to post packages twice a week (usually midweek and the weekend). After that it depends where you are: 2-3 working days after postage to reach the UK, 3-5 working days for mainland Europe, and 5-7 working days elsewhere.

Damian Walker - 16:43, 08/07/2017 - The Hnefatafl Shop

Hello, I would like to know how long would it take to deliver the package.

Thank you very much

Clotilde Ferreira - 20:35, 07/07/2017 - The Hnefatafl Shop

Thanks for getting in touch, Richard! I'd love to see the photos of your set, and if you're happy for me to add them to an image gallery, to do that too. Please could you send them on using the Email link on the site's footer?

Damian Walker - 08:31, 05/07/2017 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

I just discovered the game(s) and this site, wonderful, thank you. I found out about the game in reading an old scholarly article on the Lewis Set in Medieval Archeology 53. Never too late for an old man to learn something new (I soon turn 75). I have made chess boards before, but this was a new challenge. I did a 9x9 with two inch porcelain tiles which my replica Lewis set just barely fits. Because I have four warders for each side I can use the pieces to play Hnefatafl. Anyone wanting photos let me know.

Richard Earl - 01:33, 05/07/2017 - Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Hello Aage! Yes, I plan to put all the matches of the tournament onto a separate page here. You're welcome to reproduce them as and when they appear. I'll put the semi-final on today, and the main rounds over the coming week or two.

Damian Walker - 16:51, 20/06/2017 - Hull's First Hnefatafl Tournament Has a Winner!

Will more recordings of tournament games be published?

I show them with the Replay function on my site too, if it is ok?

Fine exhibition of tafl games in the photos!

Aage Nielsen - 12:55, 20/06/2017 - Hull's First Hnefatafl Tournament Has a Winner!

Hello Aage, thanks for asking. I'll be taking my camera and tripod, so there'll be photos. I'll be making a video of the final match too, if the camera battery lasts that long.

Damian Walker - 11:34, 16/06/2017 - Hnefatafl Tournament All Set to Go

Will there be some photos from the day?

Aage Nielsen - 11:32, 16/06/2017 - Hnefatafl Tournament All Set to Go

Thanks for your question, Heidi. In most rule sets where a king must reach a corner to win, no other piece can enter a corner square. The corner squares can act as capturing pieces for either side, though. So in the situation you describe, the Muscovite when it moves into the second square on the first row would be vulnerable to capture by any enemy that can subsequently move up to the third square on that first row.

Damian Walker - 18:50, 04/06/2017 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl

Can a drabant occupy the exit square in order to execute a capture? 

Scenario is King in first row, third square up and muscovite in first row second square. Drabant in row 2, square one. 

Heidi - 02:41, 02/06/2017 - A Rule Book for Hnefatafl