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|Note on the Translations||45||(2)|
|List Of Proper Names||106||(13)|
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The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is the Penguin Classics version of the Vinland Sagas, which includes a very interesting introduction as well as both Graenlendinga Saga & Eirik's Saga. The introduction describes the Vikings' exploration and settlement of the islands of the North Atlantic, showing just how feasible it was that they could have reached America once they had settled the west coast of Greenland. This is followed by a discussion of why the Icelanders became such prolific saga writers and about the differences between the Greenland Saga and Eirik's Saga, both of which concern the same events.The sagas themselves are very interesting and the Skraelings encountered by the Greenlanders certainly sound like Native Americans. There are also some interesting supernatural encounters, outbreaks of disease and a lot of trading voyages, to Norway and Iceland as well as Vinland. The differences between the stories mostly concern who went on which voyage and which order things happened.And finally, there is a very useful index of names in the back to help with all those confusing thornames.