In this blog, I will publish articles regarding the world of Hnefatafl and related topics, mainly focusing on the ludic and historical/archaeological aspects.
I’m not an academician, but simply an enthusiast of Hnefatafl in all its aspects: the game, obviously, but also the historical/archaeological element and the halo of mystery that make it a fascinating and transversal theme.
Without setting limits or deadlines, I will use this space to share researches or thoughts about this game, about which we still have a lot to discover.
In 1732, after receiving a financial contribution from the Royal Society of Sciences of Uppsala, Linnaeus undertook an epic scientific journey around the Gulf of Botnia, in the Sami territories, both on the coast and with inland incursions, which would…Read more
Introduction In one of my previous articles, we talked about some archaeological finds of the Scottish area, which include stone boards dating to IX-X century A.D., generally linked to the games of the Tafl family.In recent times, Ard Ri, which…Read more
Introduction Tawlbwrdd is one of the best balanced among the Tafl variants, and it is as well one of the most beloved by taflers. It is a historical edge-escape variant and has simple rules but quite complex strategies; things that…Read more
Introduction The historical and archaeological records are not very generous when it comes to Hnefatafl boards, but we have an idea of the formats’ spectrum which apparently spanned from 7×7 to at least 15×15.I am cautious with Alea Evangelii (19×19)…Read more
Designing historical boards replicas Introduction I stumbled upon Hnefatafl during the summer of 2020, while I was watching some video about the Lewis chess set (I didn’t even know chess’ rules back then…). At that time I never heard about Tafl games but I often watched…Read more
In my paper about the markings of the Trondheim and Oslo boards, I mentioned, as a 13×13 example, the Bergen board, of which I, unfortunately, didn’t have any photographic material.Advancing further in my research, I came across a series of…Read more
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