Hnefatafl - The Viking Game - Cardinal Edition

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  • 1 white king.
  • 12 white defenders.
  • 24 red attackers.
  • Screen-printed linen playing surface.
  • Rules and Historical information leaflet.
  • Gift box presentation.
  • Made in the UK.

Discover the ancient Viking Game, also known as Hnefatafl, The King's Table or simply Tafl. With two unequal sides and unique strategies, this game captures the hearts of all who play. The attacking side must outsmart their opponent by "sandwiching" and capturing their pieces, while the defending side must protect their king and guide him to safety. With countless rule variations to explore, this game offers endless entertainment and makes for a perfect gift. Embrace the challenge and experience the excitement of Hnefatafl - The Viking Game - Cardinal Edition!


Experience the excitement and cultural significance of Hnefatafl - The Viking Game - Cardinal Edition, one of history's greatest board games. Originating in the Dark Ages and beloved in Viking homes, this game was also carried to the lands they conquered. With the attacking force holding the advantage at the start of each game, you can feel the thrill of mimicking the success of these Viking raids. The king piece, a powerful symbol of the Viking chiefs' presence in battle, adds a unique touch to the game. While different versions have been found on archaeology sites, Hnefatafl literally translates to 'Kings Table' and manuscripts have revealed the proper way to play. Throughout its evolution, various boards, pieces, and rules emerged in different places and times. Don't miss out on experiencing this timeless game that held a special place in history until the rise of the chess set.

The Hnefatafl set evokes images of the renowned Isle Of Lewis and the "board" printed on woven textile adds a charming medieval touch. While other sets have simpler designs, this one stands out, revealing the widespread popularity of the game amongst commoners who couldn't afford luxuries. We even had our Spanish partners, Rechapados Ferrer, craft a stunning wooden version of the board a few years back. In this deluxe edition, we've paired the cardinal pieces with this exceptional board for an even more magnificent gameplay experience!


  • Linen board
  • 24 dark pieces
  • 12 light pieces
  • 1 light king
  • 1 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
Weight 0.45 kg
Materials Crushed Stone Resin, Linen