In 1932 a
board was found in a crannog (lake dwelling) in Ballinderry, Ireland. It
contained a 7 X 7 grid of holes, and was decorated with designs used in
the 10th century. Many scholars believed it to be a Fidchell
(Fithcheal, or Fitchneal) or "Brandubh" game mentioned in early Irish
legends, and related to Scandinavian Tafl games. These were the games of
choice in Northern Europe prior to the introduction of Chess. The
defenders win if the king escapes to the edge of the board, and the
attackers win by surrounding the king.
The set also includes a simulated sheep knucklebone for use as dice for
a Welsh variation. The knotwork decoration is our own interpretation of
the carving on the Ballinderry Game Board. To our knowledge we are the only company to produce a game board directly based on the Ballinderry games artifact.
$25.00 + shipping
Watch our video for a quick overview of how we like to play it.
- Product Code: Fidchell
- Availability: In Stock