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Knattleikr, a Viking Field Game
I first learned of knattleikr (knot [of wood] play) from a 1971 master's thesis written by Gert Van Niekerk entitled Evidence of Physical Activities, Play, Games and Pastimes of the Vikings, 700 A.D.-1200 A.D. It was in the Library at San Diego State University, but it had been written for the University of Alberta. This one paper provided much of the Viking lore that is taken for granted in the Society for Creative Anachronism now. Knattleikr is mentioned in Egil's Saga, Viglund's Saga, and theLaxdaela Saga.
At first we tried to play Knattleikr just as it was described by Van Niekerk, but it was just too dangerous. We had broken teeth, noses, and glasses in the first ten minutes. We modified the rules on the spot and have kept the injuries down to bruises and sprains for the last twenty-five years. There was another Viking ball game called skofuleikr, but no one knows how it was played... SCA Modified Rules