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Vikings play the game: Knattleikr

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


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.

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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.

Norwegian Vikinggame: 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

What is Broomball?

What Is Broomball?

A thousand years ago, battle-hardened Vikings engaged in a brutal, often-deadly sport called Knattleikr. Although details of the game are mostly lost to the ages, it’s known that it was played on the frozen Icleandic countryside and that the entire villages got in on the action. Matches would begin at dawn and last until dusk, tournaments could last up to two weeks and it was not uncommon for the field to be littered with corpses when the game was over.

Today, many believe Knattleikr’s closest descendant to be broomball, a markedly less violent version of the sport. Most would agree that our modern day broomball developed in Canada around the beginning of the 20th Century. US broomball may have originated in Duluth, Minnesota. The old time photo that you see is courtesy of Lou Campbell the director of the Korbel broomball tourney.

The group of men would gather and play on the ice by the docks in Duluth as early as 1910. Organized broomball in Minnesota started around the 1960’s. The first state championship was in 1966. Broomball in the United States started out with 10 players on the ice per team (one goalie, three defensemen, three mid linesmen, and three forwards). By 1967, the number of players was reduced to eight players per team. Some leagues still play eight-person broomball. By 1980, the rules changed to 6 players per team.

Since then, broomball has grown into a popular sport on all levels. Businesses, churches, schools and other organizations have discovered the game of broomball. It is inexpensive to play, easy to learn, and fun for everyone.

Broomball is played on a lake, a pond, an ice hockey rink or the gym floor. It is played with rules and strategies similar to those of hockey. Players can wear padded sponge-rubber shoes to enhance traction on the slippery surface. The object of the game is to strike a broomball with specially designed brooms into the opponents net.

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The Sports Are-
1. Cretan Bull Leaping
2. Mob Football
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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:

Viking combat training DVD announcement

We are pleased to announce our first DVD, Hurstwic Viking Combat Training Volume 1: The Fundamentals of Viking Training. The DVD is now available from and from other vendors. This announcement shows some excerpts from the DVD. Whether you are a beginner, or an experienced fighter, use this DVD to help you grow to become a stronger Viking fighter.

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