Viking Game Pieces

Server Costs Fundraiser 2023

Running a website with millions of readers every month is expensive. Not only do we pay for our servers, but also for related services such as our content delivery network, Google Workspace, email, and much more. We would much rather spend this money on producing more free history content for the world. Thank you for your help!
$1612 / $21000


James Blake Wiener
published on 12 December 2018

Decorative game pieces may have been used to play checkers or backgammon, two games known in Viking Age Scandinavia through trade with the Middle East. These pieces are made from wood and date to c. 800-1000 CE. They are Norwegian in provenance. (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.)

Remove Ads


About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

Cite This Work

APA Style

Wiener, J. B. (2018, December 12). Viking Game Pieces. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Wiener, James Blake. "Viking Game Pieces." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 12, 2018.

MLA Style

Wiener, James Blake. "Viking Game Pieces." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 12 Dec 2018. Web. 07 Feb 2023.