@Eric A. You will love this! :)
This is something for a start. The suitors of queen Penelope, married to Ulysses and mother of Telemachos, played a form of Kubb when waiting for their opportunities, according to the Odyssey. It is translated "Skittles", I believe.
Also Hamlet played "Skittles", in a famous passage of the play, with bones.
In 1995 a friend of mine published the book "Kubb" in Sweden, from where this photo is taken. It's about the English medieval Skittle game "Club-Kayles". In the book, there are a several pages long reconcideration of the name and the game. The word Club is still a club (or "Klubba") in Swedish, as we say a "hockey club" (or in Swedish "ishockeyklubba") where Americans say a "hockey stick". "Club" also becoming the word club as in a "members club". All this as interpreted by a Danish language professor. The word "Club" ("Klubba") becoming similar to the word "Kubb". As in a log, credit to @hardcoreleftie
There are (as shown in thwe book I'm quoting) evidence that Kubb was played all over Scandinavia in various forms, but the first time the game was documented was in a book about old Gotland athletic sports in 1931.
My oldest memory of the game dates back to the late sixties. I remember the farmers from around, was gatherd at our neighbour farm on Gotland, playing a local farm tournament, one on one. It was really serious and we kids weren't aloud to participate. But it wasn't until recently that I recalled this memory, and that it had to be about Kubb. As I remember they had strings for the pitch, and the game set was most likely of Pine, not treated by anything.