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Tafl
A type of board game in which the contest is between two forces of unequal number or strength. The earliest form Tafl (old Norse for "table") game, known as Hnefa-Tafl ("King's Table") originated in Scandinavia before AD 400 and was then exported by the Vikings to Greenland, Iceland (where it is mentioned in the Grettis Saga dating back to AD1300), Ireland, England, Wales and as far east as the Ukraine. Several boards unearthed in both Viking and Anglo-Saxon contexts, including the board found at the Gokstad ship burial, have had Hnefa-Tafl on one side and Nine Men's Morris on the other. Other and later variants of Tafl include Tabula (the medieval ancestor of backgammon, introduced from the French as Quatre and thus Kvatru-Tafl), Fox and Geese (Ref-Skak, "Fox Chess", Hala-Tafl or Freys-Tafl), Three Men's Morris (Hrę-Tafl, "Quick-Tafl"), and Nine Men's Morris.


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