The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America Setting & Symbolism

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Norway

The country of origin for nearly all Icelanders, Greenlanders and other settlers. Many trading missions are made to Norway during the Vinland Sagas and Christianity comes to Iceland and Greenland from Norway as well.

Iceland

Iceland is the central country of events during the Vinland Sagas.

Greenland

Eirik the Red takes the first permanent settlers to Greenland after being outlawed from Iceland.

Helluland and Markland

Two islands discovered and named by Leif Eiriksson during his voyage to Greenland.

Vinland

An area that is today the Northern tip of Newfoundland, Leif Eiriksson built the first Norse settlement there in the early 11th century, nearly five hundred years before Columbus. The land is named Vinland because of its wild grapes and plentiful resources. Other expeditions were led to Vinland, but the last mentioned is that of Karlsefni. His settlement may have been successful save that he and others judged...

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