Two-sided quarter-sawn oak board with 13 x 13 Tafl on one side and Nine Men's Morris on the reverse; with beechwood pieces supplied in a linen pouch. Comes with rules and historical notes to the full range of tafl games; plus rules to Nine Men's Morris.
Our board is inspired by the fragmentary remains of a 13 x 13 tafl board with a Nine Men's Morris board on the reverse, recovered from the Viking Gokstad ship burial mound at Gokstad in Sandar, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway, excavated in the late nineteenth century. The ship is dated to around 900AD. On the original board some of the squares on the tafl side were incised with geometric designs, but their function is not known, and they are not included on this board.
All our oak boards are made from quarter-sawn oak, each with their own distinctive figuring; so board supplied may differ slightly from that shown in the picture.
Wooden board c.14" x 14"; squares c.1" diameter
Playing pieces of beech wood
One king; 16 white pieces; 32 black pieces
White pieces are the natural wood colour; coloured pieces stained