Hnefatafl is an old game, said to have been played by the Norse Gods from the beginning of time. There is evidence of the game existing in Scandinavia in the 7th and 8th century, however it is believed to be much older than this.

 

Knowing that in Viking and Saxon times belt pouches were used to carry coins, important possessions and games, this belt pouch is an imagined item for occupying time with friends and playing a game or two of Hnefatafl. The outer pouch opens up, and the inner pouch lifts off the toggle strap and can be opened up to lay the board out. The cord which pulls the inner pouch tight is then also used to secure the pouch to a belt.

 

The pouch has been made from veg-tanned leather and handtooled, and a Hazel toggle closes the whole pouch up securely.

 

There are many variants on this game, this version is played on an 11 by 11 square board, and the rules are taken from the Fetlar tournament played in the Shetlands.