Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

The Viking Game

The Viking Game ready to play
The Viking Game ready to play
Price: £19.95+P&P. Out of stock. Order:

This set brings you an extremely attractive and decorative hnefatafl game at an affordable price. Its appearance makes this a very popular choice for those who want a set of their own. It's very nice to handle, and with its moulded pieces it makes a great ornament too.

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This game comes with the same after-sales service you expect from The Hnefatafl Shop. Before and after the sale, you'll find here a passion for the game: strategic tips and alternative rules for the board on the web site, and a readiness to answer any questions about history, rules and strategy that you may have.

The board is made of canvas with traditional Viking patterns decorating the border and the starting squares of the pieces. Delivered and stored rolled up, it easily stays flat when laid out for a game, and is very light and portable!

The pieces are moulded resin, and are loosely based on the spectacular Lewis chess men. A king and twelve defenders are in a light ivory colour, and the 24 attackers are dark brown. A couple of different designs are used for the warriors, giving them an individual feel.

The box is made of card with a red leather effect on the outside, and keeps the game safe when stored away or in transit. The rules are printed on a handy card sheet in four languages: English, French, German and Japanese.

The rules of The Viking Game are great for beginners, but the set is also ideal for some other variants more popular today: Fetlar Hnefatafl, Copenhagen Hnefatafl and York Hnefatafl all play wonderfully well on this set, and you can download leaflets for these variations at this web site.


¡¡¡Wow!!! it is beautifull, the pieces are magnificent.

Cristo - 07:52, 31/07/2015


do you know when this set (The Viking Game) will be back in stock?



Gary Calder - 15:09, 19/12/2016

Hello Gary, sorry for the delay in my reply. My supplier is having problems getting stocks at the moment, but they told me that there should be more games available in the new year. I've already placed an order with them, so hopefully I should receive more stock very soon.

Damian Walker - 11:48, 02/01/2017

Can you please let me know when these are in stock as I would love one myself. Cheers. Greg

Greg - 03:55, 20/01/2017

For the benefit of Gary, Greg and anyone else wondering about this game: it is now back in stock again.

Damian Walker - 07:32, 21/01/2017

Will you give me a phonetic pronunciation of the game's name, please?

ian christie - 21:48, 17/04/2017

Thanks for your query, Ian! My best approximation is neffa-taffle. There's a better explanation elsewhere on the site - the easiest way to get to it is to type pronunciation into the site's search box at the top right.

Damian Walker - 14:50, 18/04/2017

I bought it a few months ago and I'm very happy with it. For those that understand Dutch, I wrote an article about it: Video included so you can hear the pronounciation. 

An - 19:07, 29/09/2018

Hello An,

I'm also intrigued by this game, of which I learned about in the tv-series 'The Last Kingdom', where I saw it for the first time being played by king Alfred and his daughter. Since then, I've searched the internet (including this site) and read all about it. I also checked out your article so I know you're a Flemish Belgian. I made my own version of it (molding and casting the figures and designing the board), you can see that on my instagram account: 
Apart from you, myself (and my family), do you know of other people in Belgium playing this game?

Luk Martens - 10:28, 08/02/2019

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