Knattleikr is the ball game that was played by the Vikings. Unfortunately, they didn't leave behind any rulebooks, so we have tried to reconstruct the rules based on the descriptions of the games in the Icelandic sagas. Information about the rules and how we came up with them are here:

These rules have been used for the past year for intramural play and are now being used for intercollegiate play.

This video clip shows a practice scrimmage between members of the Clark University team on the morning of the first annual intercollegiate knattleikr tournament.

Norwegian Vikinggame: Knattleikr

Norwegian vikings plays the popular game from year ca. 1000: knattleik

Vikings play the game: Knattleikr

Norwegian vikings plays the popular game from year ca. 1000: knattleik

Norwegian Vikings play the game: Knattleikr

Norwegian vikings plays the popular game from year ca. 1000: knattleik

Knattleikr highlight

An awesome Knattleikr game on a low-tide island in Cape Cod. You try to get a ball across a goal line without being pummeled by sticks. Glory moment: Seth nails Matt.

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An introduction to Hurstwic. We research, practice, and teach how Vikings fought and used their weapons. But that is only the tip of the iceberg – we’re interested in all things Viking. This video provides a short introduction to who we are and what we do.


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Hurstwic Viking combat training DVD 3: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas

Hurstwic is pleased to announce the release of the third in our series of Hurstwic Viking combat training DVDs: Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas. This promotional video shows some excerpts from the DVD. Explore the fighting moves that made Viking warriors feared and admired throughout Europe in the early medieval period. Whether your Viking raids aren't bringing in as much income as they once did, or you're fed up with being bullied by berserkers, we think you'll find material on this DVD to help you, and to learn more about the Viking-age people and their use of weapons. Use this DVD to step in to the mind and the world of the Norsemen.
More information about Hurstwic Viking combat training and about the Hurstwic DVDs:

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The instructional video for an original sport that my brother and I had created. Some clarifications may be necessary for the rules that we left out on accident, but those will manifest themselves once anyone asks about them.

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Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas: 4

A speculative reconstruction of one-on-one Viking combat based on fighting moves described in the Sagas of Icelanders, including:

---throwing stones during a fight: Kjalnesinga saga, ch. 11
Búi varðist drengilega. Lét hann ganga grjót í fyrstu. Var það jafnsnemma að fallnir voru fjórir menn af þeim bræðrum enda hafði Búi þá lokið grjótinu.
Búi defended himself manfully. At first he let fly with stones. By the time he had used up his stones, four of the attackers were dead.

---a foolish man attacks strongly but becomes timid under a strong counter-attack: Grettis saga, ch. 59
Gretti leiddist nú þófið og sveipaði til saxinu og hjó annan fylgdarmann Gísla banahögg og hljóp nú frá steininum og sótti svo fast að Gísli hrökk fyrir allt út með fjallinu.
Grettir grew bored of the irksome fight then. He swung his sax (short-sword) and dealt one of Gísli's companions his death blow, then leapt out from behind the stone and attacked so furiously that Gísli was driven back along the side of the mountain.

---cleave a man to the shoulders: Hávarðar saga Ísfirðings, ch. 10
Hann hljóp að með reidda öxina og hjó í höfuð Brandi og klauf hann í herðar niður.
He ran at Brandur with a raised axe and struck him in the head and split it down to his shoulders.

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Hurstwic Viking combat sparring exercises 4: river

This is the next in a series of short videos that demonstrate and explain the sparring exercises we use in our Viking combat training at Hurstwic.