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

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boardgames, Dutch, Old Norse

Hnefatafl – bordspel van de Vikingen

Artikel Hnefatafl Een bordspel van de Vikingen In deze donkere dagen is het gezellig om ’s avonds samen een spelletje te doen. Dit is geen modern fenomeen, ook in de Vikingtijd werden er al bordspelen gespeeld. Een van de oudste en bekendste spellen is Hnefatafl ‘Koningstafel’, een aan het schaakspel verwant spel. In de Oudnoordse literatuur… Continue reading Hnefatafl – bordspel van de Vikingen

boardgames, Celtic, English, Medieval, Old Norse

Lewis Chessmen may not be chessmen after all…

Who has not heard of the Lewis Chessmen? These 900-years-old, beautifully carved ivory gaming pieces even made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as living chess pieces. A recent study made my heart skip a beat as it argues that these gaming pieces were not used for Chess, as has been believed… Continue reading Lewis Chessmen may not be chessmen after all…