A Critical Examination of the Evidences Adduced to Establish the Theory of the Norse Discovery of America (Classic Reprint)by J. P. Maclean
The ensuing chapter were written for and appeared in the American Antiquarian. As will be observed, the design was to confine the line of argument to the statements of such books as had been recently published, that advocated the Norse discovery of
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The ensuing chapter were written for and appeared in the American Antiquarian. As will be observed, the design was to confine the line of argument to the statements of such books as had been recently published, that advocated the Norse discovery of America. It was deemed unnecessary to call particular attention to older works, because those more recent revamped former arguments and assertions contained in the previous publications, and had virtually supplanted them in the market. The value of the statements in previous publications should not be discredited or obliterated. If presented side by side with the line of thought adopted by those now occupying the field, a strange anomaly would appear The inconsistencies of recent claimants would be forcibly illustrated.
To array the evidences of the one against the assumptions of the other - all advocating substantially the same theory - has not been attempted, because the subject has been treated with a due regard for the facts bearing on the case. If the design had been to place the advocates in an unenviable position, then the dissertation and notes to Samuel Laing's translation of Sturlasson's "Heimskringla" could, with propriety, be introduced. Although an avowed advocate of the Norse theory, Laing unsparingly points out certain inconsistencies in the Saga narratives. Such statements as grapes ripening in the springtime, and causing one to be drunken upon eating them; the growing of wheat and corn unplanted; the great number of eggs of the eider duck, etc., he boldly ascribes to "the fiction of some Saga maker". He has but little patience with those who would find evidences of Norse occupation in America, and declares they are poets and not antiquarians.
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