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Iphone app: Tafl

In these modern days there even is an Iphone Tafl app. It containsBrandub, Fidchell, Ard Rí & Tablut games. Rules and history are included. The Ipad app has 3 more boards. yfrog.com/h7zs1azj yfrog.com/kjtbmkfj

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Has Hnefatafl been introduced in Ireland?

Considering the extensive and intense contact between the Vikings and the people of the British Isles, it is not unlikely that some form of the Old Norse hnefatafl game has been introduced in Ireland. As we've seen in my previous post, fidchell seems an unlikely candidate. In the case of Brandub, which means 'raven black',… Continue reading Has Hnefatafl been introduced in Ireland?

boardgames · Celtic · English · Old Norse

Celtic and Old Norse boardgames vs the omnipresent Chess

In both Celtic and Old Norse texts board-games are mentioned and described.In translations all these different games, the Irish fidchell, the Welsh tawlbwrdd, the Old Norse hnefatafl or other tafl games, are often identified as chess. In the case of fidchell this preoccupation with presumably chess already started in the 15th century, as is shown… Continue reading Celtic and Old Norse boardgames vs the omnipresent Chess