Hnefatafl - The Viking Game Cardinal Deluxe Edition

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  • Made in the UK.
  • 1 cream King.
  • 12 cream Defenders.
  • 24 red Attackers.
  • Linen playing surface.
  • Rules and Historical information leaflet.
  • Deluxe 12-inch Spanish wooden board


Hnefatafl, one of history's greatest board games, was highly popular during the Dark Ages in Northern Europe. It was a favorite in Viking homes, and the attacking force had the advantage - much like the Viking's success in raids. The Viking chiefs were represented by the King, and over time, the game evolved and was discovered on archaeological sites. Manuscripts have revealed the proper way to play the game, and there were various versions with different boards, pieces, and rules. Although it declined in popularity with the rise of chess in the 11th century, this Hnefatafl set evokes a medieval feel with its printed woven textile "board". The simpler design of most pieces found to date suggests the common people's love for this game. 


Unleash your inner Viking with Hnefatafl - The Viking Game Cardinal Deluxe Edition. This timeless classic pits two unequal sides against each other, with 24 infantry on the attacking side and 12 soldiers and a king defending the centre of the board. Will you lead your king to victory by escaping to one of the four corner squares? With endless rule variations and a stunning wooden board crafted from high-quality Sycamore veneer, this game is a must-have for any game enthusiast. Plus, it makes for a perfect gift - but why not treat yourself, too? It's time to conquer the opponent and dominate the battlefield.


  • Wooden board
  • Linen board
  • 24 dark pieces
  • 12 light pieces
  • 1 light King
  • Rules booklet
  • Two year warranty


King Height 1.7 inches
King Base Diameter 0.75 inches
King Weight 16 grams
Pawn Height 1 inches
Pawn Weight 8 grams
Pawn Base Diameter 0.3 inches
Materials Crushed Stone Resin, Linen, Wood
Board Size 12 inches
Board Thickness 0.25 inches
Square Size 0.79 inches