"The Saga of the Greenlanders" and "Eirik the Red's Saga" contain the first ever descriptions of North America, a bountiful land of grapes and vines, discovered by Vikings five centuries before Christopher Columbus.
Written down in the early thirteenth century, they recount the Icelandic settlement of Greenland by Eirik the Red, the chance discovery by seafaring adventurers of a mysterious new land, and Eirik's son Leif the Lucky's perilous voyages to explore it.
Wrecked by storms, stricken by disease and plagued by navigational mishaps, some survived the North Atlantic to pass down this compelling tale of the first Europeans to talk with, trade with, and war with the Native Americans.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages, black & white illustrations, maps
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/04/2008
- Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
- ISBN: 9780140447767
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Review by stillatim
And then some stuff happened, and then some other stuff happened, and then some more stuff happened, and here's a list of names that you'll never remember, and then some stuff happened. Okay, it ain't a work of beauty. I daresay that if these chronicles related the discovery of Gersey nobody would bother translating it, let alone read it. But it is pretty cool that some random viking types found the North American continent. And these 'sagas' are short, so you can read them pretty quick, and get the earliest European literary mentions of what would become America. But entertaining? Only in random details, like a pregnant Freydis *slapping a sword with her bare breasts* to scare away attackers. Shit, I wouldn't have messed with her either.