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The Saga of Eirik the Red - DR. GUDBRAND VIGFUSSON

The Saga of Eirik the Red

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This is the Saga of Eirik the Red. This volume is more saga, or fact, than fiction. Despite this being a fact-based saga there is still plenty of action to enthral, for Eirik the Red and his two sons, Thorstein and Leif, were definitely men of action. It charts how his family first came to Iceland, his birth, his removal from Norway, his discovery of Greenland and the birth of his, more famous son Leif (Ericson/Erickson).

It also gives account for time spent in Vinland (Nova Scotia) and gives account of their interaction with and action defending against the people they called the Skrlingar, or, North American Indians. The translators have also supplied the modern geographic names of the area of Nova Scotia where dwellings were built.

This volume also charts some of Leif Ericsons life. Also known as Leif the Lucky, he was the second son of Eirik the Red and certainly also displayed the Viking spirit of adventure and exploration. As a young man Leif Ericsson visited Norway, where he converted to Christianity. He was charged with returning to Greenland to convert the populace, but instead sailed further west and is believed to have landed somewhere in Nova Scotia. He spent a year in North America before returning home to Greenland, where he served as governor converting the island to the Christian belief (for a more complete account of Leifs saga try The Thrall of Leif the Lucky also republished by Abela Publishing).

The film The Viking (1928) was based on the life story of Leif and incorporates a good deal of authentic Viking history.

ISBN: 2370005903285
ISBN-10: 2370005903
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 2nd June 2014
Edition Number: 1