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S: Freetime && Entertainment

FC: Anglo-Saxon Freetime && Entertainment. | court.moore

1: Free-men or Warriors would usually train with weapons.Fighting with swords and shields and shooting bow and arrows were very popular.These practices bettered those who were expected to fight for their king. | Wrestling was widely participated in.The object of this sport was for the wrestlers to take hold of each other's arms or waist, then using the strength of their arms to throw each other off their feet to the ground.These wrestling matches sometimes ended in fatalities.These sports were used to test strength. | Sports

2: There were many different board games played by the Anglo-Saxon people, for entertainment.Some of these same games are still played today in some form or another. such as 'backgammon' and 'fox and geese'. Aside from the numerous dice games there were other games that required skill, called knuclebones. It goes by the same rules as 'jacks', the only difference is they actually used pig knuckles.This game was very popular. | Games

3: One other game that was thought to be played in the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period is chess.The famous Isle of Lewis Chess set,is made of several different chess sets made from Walrus Ivory.It is dated to the 12th century A.D.

4: Although most Anglo-Saxon children would have spent most of their time learning skills that they would need later on in life, some found time to play.Many of the board games found in this period would have been equally popular amongst children as adults. | Children's Toys | Adults enjoyed many board games as we know from pictorial, and literary sources. Children were likely to have copied their elders and participated in many of the sports and physical activities, since children were considered adults between the ages of ten and twelve.

5: Dancing also existed in these times. It was probably generally performed to verse singing, and is likely to taken the form of circle dances.Different kinds of 'Hobby horse' games with, mummery and miming, were known and some had pagan rituals and seasonal significance. However, it was seen by the church as wickedness to indulge in too much dancing. | Dancing | There are many Anglo-Saxon representations of 'dancing warriors' from the pagan period, usually armed with spears and wearing animal skins and masks.

6: Storytelling | Other favorite pastimes included music and storytelling.There were many stories of ancient hero's such as 'Beowulf'. Few of these stories survive today, as they were generally passed on by word of mouth or were rarely written down.Most of these that were recorded were in form of an epic poem. | There were professional storytellers called 'scops' who traveled from village to village telling stories in return for food, shelter and money.

7: Music and Verse | Singing and music were other prized skills, there were professional musicians who were called 'gleemen' o like the scop traveled from place to place to sing in return for money or food.

8: Many non-professionals still loved to play music and sing. | Only few actual instruments survived from the period, there are many illustration's showing them.These include, harps, lyres, whistles, horns, pan-pipes and bones.

9: The Anglo-Saxon people were very creative, and many of the forms of entertainment that they used then we still use now. So it would be safe to say that they were some what ahead of their time.

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