Type of game:
Strength and fighting game
Character of the game:
Non-Competitive
Country of origin:
Denmark
Aim of the game:
Players have to pull an opponent into the center of a circle (“the fire”) and thus avoid ending up there themselves. 
Number of players:
Multi Player
6 - 30
Age
10 +
Difficulty:
Easy
Area of play:
Indoor or outdoor free space (e.g. park, school backyard, gym) with friendly, soft surface
Indoor Outdoor
Equipment
Rope One rope between 5 and 10 meters long
Motor skills
Balance Strength
Social skills
Cooperation
Cognitive skills
Tactics
equipment
Background
The first written Danish record of Vikings’ fire was found in 1889. Currently in Denmark the game is known as Vikings’ Fire and it is believed to be from the Scandinavian Vikings’ time. There are similar games in other European countries with other names (e.g. Poland: “Puddle”). 
Set up:
The game should be played in any indoor or outdoor area that allows the players to move within a formed circle.
Rules
The participants hold hands and form a circle. Inside the circle a rope forms another circle: this is called the Troll's Head or The Vikings' Fire. Players must keep hands held and try to throw others into the circle. The one who is thrown into the fire goes out of the circle, and the game continues until only one is left. Every time one is out, the fire is made a little smaller. If in the heat of the battle one loses hold of a neighbor’s hand, the offender goes out. Warning: Put rings, bracelets and watches away as they might cause injuries.
Teaching Styles:
    • Provide clear and simple instruction
    • Encourage players to communicate throughout the game
    • Safety instructions to be tailored to the environment and participants playing the game.
    Rules:
    • Increase / decrease the number of players
    • Play blind-folded and as soon as somebody is pulled into the inner circle the instructor (who is not in the game) can give an acoustic signal
    • Players are allowed to stand on one leg at a time only
    • Divide the circle into two teams
    Environment:
    • Increase/decrease the playing area/distance
    • Ensure the indoor/outdoor playing area has a smooth surface and is free of obstacles
    Equipment:
    • Range of rope that vary in weight, size, colour and material can be used
    • Instead of a circle in the middle, a person could be the one that needs to be touched and actively tries to touch one of the players
    Background
    The first written Danish record of Vikings’ fire was found in 1889. Currently in Denmark the game is known as Vikings’ Fire and it is believed to be from the Scandinavian Vikings’ time. There are similar games in other European countries with other names (e.g. Poland: “Puddle”).