Entertainment & Games
Board games and dice
Board games were a popular pastime in the Viking Age. The most common were merels and hnefatafl. Chess seems not to have reached northern Europe until the early Middle Ages.
Viking Age dice are made of bone or horn and have four equally long sides and two opposing short sides. Numbers one and two are on the short sides and three to six on the four longer sides. Cubic dice appear first in the early Middle Ages.
Glima - wrestling
A type of wrestling where each combatant takes hold of the others trouser waist and attempts to trip him or throw him to the ground.
Lyres, pan pipes and flutes are those instruments that have been preserved to this day. Other wind instruments, jews harps and drums were also presumably in use.