The inhabitants of ancient Scandinavia, like many others who lived hundreds of years ago, the peoples possessed an extremely rich and interesting culture. It consisted of many beliefs and traditions, some of which are so incomprehensible to scientists that they still are unable to unravel their secrets. For example, recently on the territory of the Norwegian province Møre og County of møre og Romsdal were found the remains of a huge ship, the purpose of which archaeologists while we can only guess. But some of the findings of scientists are very easy to understand because at least a little familiar to us. Such finds include the figurine the size of a small candy, which was used in the Board game of the Vikings. But is it possible that the ancient warriors had the time for such entertainments?
According to the organization DigVentures, who engaged in archaeological excavations, the figure was found in September 2019 in the territory of the English island of Lindisfarne. It is known that hundreds of years ago there was a monastery that was destroyed in 793 ad during a RAID of the Vikings. It was there that archaeologists have unearthed made of white and blue glass figurine, whose age is estimated at 1200 years. This ancient figure was obviously made with great difficulty, therefore, because of his age and the use of expensive materials, is considered very valuable.
The most ancient Board game
According to researchers found the figure represents the king of the Scandinavian games hnefatafl, whose name can be literally translated as “table king”. At its core, it was a well-known chessbecause the playing field served as a Board with an odd number of cells. Players were allowed to place the figures in any direction and at any distance, but on the “throne” and corner cells could stand only kings. The purpose of the white figures is to bring the king to one of the corner cells, and the black pieces are trying to capture the king.
Based on the fact that the figure was made from expensive materials, scientists have suggested that it belonged to one of the rulers of the Vikings. It was made during the time of the first Viking raids on the British land, but historians do not deny that this game might be familiar even to the ancient Britons. They do not exclude the possibility that the Vikings played a Board game even with your potential enemies, but what are the rules, they hardly ever manage to know.
That the monks from the island of Lindisfarne could go with the Vikings on cooperation, there is little doubt. As they first saw Scandinavian warriors, they could be very scared. Besides, the historians describe the monastery is not as quiet and modest as a busy entrepot. Probably, the Vikings looted the place and went to the Kingdom of Northumbria, which was subsequently captured.