What is the origin and history of Kubb?
The origin of Kubb is a bit vague, but the most reliable explanation is that Kubb was played by the Vikings who played the game with the bones and skulls of their enemies.
Ok, scary right? I was doing some research on the origin of the game Kubb and found out about this both vague and interesting history. Ok, let me tell you what I found about the history of Kubb.
One of the many and most frequent info claim that it is an old Viking game. This is the reason that “Kubb” is also called “Viking Chess”.
But Vikings? Yes, as said in the beginning of this article: it gets a bit lugubrious here …
According to the sources, the Vikings played Kubb to celebrate the victory over the enemy. They didn’t play Kubb with wooden blocks … No, the Kubbs among the Vikings were the skulls of their enemies! And it doesn’t stop there: the thighs of their enemies were used as throwing sticks!
Anyway, there are other, less lugubrious stories about the origin of Kubb too. Other sources claim that Kubb comes from France, played in a match between villages. And other sources report that it was invented by Swedish children a millennium ago as a game during the gathering of firewood. Well, quite broad right, but my conclusion is that the origin from the Vikings is the most reliable.