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The Saga of the Greenlanders is one of the two important thirteenth-century accounts of the Norse explorations of Greenland and North America, along with the Saga of Erik the Red. The two accounts describe many of the same events leading to Norse contact with the North American coastline almost five hundred years before Columbus, but contradict each other in a number of my The Saga of the Greenlanders is one of the two important thirteenth-century accounts of the Norse explorations of Greenland and North America, along with the Saga of Erik the Red. The two accounts describe many of the same events leading to Norse contact with the North American coastline almost five hundred years before Columbus, but contradict each other in a number of mysterious and fascinating ways. Containing less fantastic material than the Saga of Erik the Red (though not without its own ghost stories), the Saga of the Greenlanders details the conflict between Christianity and the old Norse religion; the significant place of extraordinary women in Icelandic and Greenlander culture; and first contact with the native inhabitants of the Dawnlands of northeastern North America. Most absorbing is the three-dimensioned portrayal of real human personalities, an intriguingly distinct cast of characters from that of its parallel saga: Leif Erikson, the larger-than-life hero who seems to be mystically guided wherever he goes; Gudrid, the daughter of Thorbiorn, beautiful and of strong and influential character; Freydis, the implacable killer of anyone she considers an enemy; and Tyrker, the outlandish little foster-father of Leif and gleeful discoverer of wine grapes in the new land. Read together, the two sagas take on new signifance by their contrasts and their similarities, raising as many mysteries as they solve. This translation by Arthur Middleton Reeves is taken from a weighty compilation of texts related to the Norse explorations entitled The Norse Discoveries of America and including the translations and editing of fellow Norse scholars North Ludlow Beamish and Rasmus Björn Anderson. - Summary by Expatriate


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The Saga of the Greenlanders is one of the two important thirteenth-century accounts of the Norse explorations of Greenland and North America, along with the Saga of Erik the Red. The two accounts describe many of the same events leading to Norse contact with the North American coastline almost five hundred years before Columbus, but contradict each other in a number of my The Saga of the Greenlanders is one of the two important thirteenth-century accounts of the Norse explorations of Greenland and North America, along with the Saga of Erik the Red. The two accounts describe many of the same events leading to Norse contact with the North American coastline almost five hundred years before Columbus, but contradict each other in a number of mysterious and fascinating ways. Containing less fantastic material than the Saga of Erik the Red (though not without its own ghost stories), the Saga of the Greenlanders details the conflict between Christianity and the old Norse religion; the significant place of extraordinary women in Icelandic and Greenlander culture; and first contact with the native inhabitants of the Dawnlands of northeastern North America. Most absorbing is the three-dimensioned portrayal of real human personalities, an intriguingly distinct cast of characters from that of its parallel saga: Leif Erikson, the larger-than-life hero who seems to be mystically guided wherever he goes; Gudrid, the daughter of Thorbiorn, beautiful and of strong and influential character; Freydis, the implacable killer of anyone she considers an enemy; and Tyrker, the outlandish little foster-father of Leif and gleeful discoverer of wine grapes in the new land. Read together, the two sagas take on new signifance by their contrasts and their similarities, raising as many mysteries as they solve. This translation by Arthur Middleton Reeves is taken from a weighty compilation of texts related to the Norse explorations entitled The Norse Discoveries of America and including the translations and editing of fellow Norse scholars North Ludlow Beamish and Rasmus Björn Anderson. - Summary by Expatriate

16 review for The Saga of the Greenlanders (Reeves Translation) (LibriVox Audiobook)

  1. 4 out of 5

    J_BlueFlower

    ENG: Little saga that can be found online in many languages, which deals with entire expeditions to Vinland / North America. There are some fun details: The Vikings come for timber. When you think about it, it is a long way to sail for timber. It must have been expensive for people in Greenland and Iceland. They meet the native "skrællinger" who they can not understand, but they deal with them. Among other things, the natives sell their skins for dairy products. Just imagine: They absorb butter a ENG: Little saga that can be found online in many languages, which deals with entire expeditions to Vinland / North America. There are some fun details: The Vikings come for timber. When you think about it, it is a long way to sail for timber. It must have been expensive for people in Greenland and Iceland. They meet the native "skrællinger" who they can not understand, but they deal with them. Among other things, the natives sell their skins for dairy products. Just imagine: They absorb butter and cream and get a very bad stomach due to lactose intolerance. Maybe they even thought they had been poisoned? It will be exciting to see what the Vikings Vahalla series can get out of the story of Frøydis and her cold feet. **** DK: Lille saga, der kan findes online på mange sprog, som omhandler hele ekspeditioner til Vinland/Nordamerika. Der er flere sjove detaljer: Vikingerne kommer efter tømmer. Når man tænker lidt over det, er det lang vej at sejle for tømmer, men det har været kostbart for folk på Grønland og Island. De møder de indfødte ”skrællingerne” som de ikke kan forstå, men de handler med dem. Blandt andet sælger de indfødte deres skind for mejerivarer. Man ser det for sig: De lapper smør og fløde i sig og får voldsom dårlig mave pga laktoseintolerans. Måske har de endda troet at de var blevet forgiftet? Det bliver spændende at se, hvad Vikings Vahalla serien kan få ud af historien om Frøydis og hendes kolde fødder.

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