What did Vikings do to entertain themselves? Play Hnefatafl!

How did Vikings fight boredom? Well that answer’s easy! They raided, burned villages, half naked women, lots of explosions in the background, ham and bacon sandwiches, and a never ending flow of mead. Okay, maybe not.  That’s Hollywood’s version of Viking life.  Not to mention Hollywood’s obsession for horned helmets and warriors that never took off their armor.  In truth, the Vikings were simply like anyone else and occasionally got bored and played games. The Norse played a variety of tafl or hnefatafl (try pronouncing it: “neffa-taffle”) board games. Tafl games are ancient Germanic and…

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