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FC: Anglo-Saxon Free Time and Entertainment By: Janelle Carr

1: Anglo-Saxon Free Time and Entertainment By: Janelle Carr

2: The Anglo-Saxons played many different instruments while making music. Professional Saxon storytellers often used music and instruments to tell their stories. | String Instruments: Lyre, Harp, Rebec (violin type instrument) and the cithara. | Anglo-Saxon Music

3: Wind Instruments: Bone whistle, horn, trumpet, pan pipes, and bagpipes. Percussion Instruments: Hylsung, bells (also used for church and animals), bones (played like spoons), and clapping.

4: Anglo-Saxon Games | The Anglo-Saxons also liked to play games in their free time. These games included Tafl, Knucklebones, Riddling, and chess.

5: Tafl was another game they like to play. For this game they used animal bones, horse teeth, glass, or clay. This was a very popular board game for the Anglo-Saxons. | The game pieces used for Knucklebones were pig or sheep knuckles. It was played by throwing the bones in the air and then try to catch the bones on the back of your hand. The person with the most bones wins.

6: Anglo-Saxon Riddles | On earth there's a warrior of curious origin. He's created, gleaming, by two dumb creatures for the benefit of men. Foe bears him against foe to inflict harm. Women often fetter him, strong as he is. If maidens and men care for him with due consideration and feed him frequently, he'll faithfully obey them and serve them well. Men succour him for the warmth he offers in return but this warrior will savage anyone who permits him to become too proud. | They used riddles to describe everyday objects in an unusual way. This was also a very popular game for the Anglos.

7: Anglo-Saxon Sports | Warriors favored training with swords and shields. They also played outdoor sports such as hunting, falconry, fishing, rowing, and sailing. | Wrestling was also popular among the Anglo-Saxons. There was the basic wrestling where they just tried to knock their opponent to the ground and then there was a more advanced version where they tried to attack each other. This normally ended in death or serious injury.

8: Another popular sport was swimming. It wasn't unusual to see someone trying to drown their opponent Breast stroke was the easiest way to swim with all their armor on. | Running, skiing, skating, and horse racing was also liked by the Anglo-Saxons.

9: One of the sports the Anglo-Saxons played was called "Knatteleik". It is similar to today's version of Cricket. Instead of leather, the ball was made of wood. The rules are very vague and people believe you protected yourself from the ball with a wooden bat. | The Anglo-Saxons used boulders and weights to workout and get stronger. They also participated in "skin-pulling" which is sort of like tug-of-war, but with animal skin. They sometimes played over a fire to make it more entertaining,

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