Hnefatafl: the Game of the Vikings

Brandub from Cyningstan

Brandub, by Cyningstan
Brandub, by Cyningstan
Price: £11.95+P&P. Out of stock. Order:

Play hnefatafl Celtic style with this lovely little Brandub game from Cyningstan.  When the Vikings took hnefatafl to Ireland, the Celtic people adopted the game and called it Brandub.  They preferred the smallest board, and adapted the rules to their own taste.

Cyningstan After-sales Service

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 from pine and is about six inches square (150mm).  The pattern for the board is burned into the wood, and is based on a mediaeval stone board found at Downpatrick Cathedral.  The board is coated with cellulose laquer for protection, and polished with beeswax.

The pieces are small glass pebbles.  A jet black king, four blood-red defenders face eight icy white attackers.  A black drawstring pouch is supplied to hold them.  The game is supplied in a card box for protection and convenient storage.

A four-page leaflet gives some history of the game, and presents a rule set which is the result of up-to-date research and extensive play-testing.  This version of the game is popular on-line, so you can practice your skills on and off the board.

Brandub should appeal to fans of historic strategy games, of hnefatafl in particular, and would make a great gift for people who love the Vikings or the Celts.


This is a really charming set.  It's small enough to leave out (and ready to play) on the table where I enjoy daily games over breakfast with my husband.  Shipping to the U.S. was quick too!

Liz Lam - 07:01, 04/08/2016

Any chance of this wee Brandub from Cyningstan is available anytime soon?


Maria - 20:20, 21/02/2018

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