Eirik the Red's Saga

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Author: Anonymous
Published: 1880
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,306 / 39 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.9
LoC Category: PG
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 3,032
Added to site: 2006.03.09
mnybks.net#: 13079
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Myth, Audiobook

Translated by John Sephton; In this saga, the events that led to Eirik the Redís banishment to Greenland are chronicled, as well as Leif Eiriksonís discovery of Vinland the Good (a place where wheat and grapes grew naturally), after his longboat was blown off-course. By geographical details, this place is surmised to be present-day Newfoundland, and is likely the first European discovery of the American mainland, some five centuries before Christopher Columbusís journey. (Summary from Wikipedia.)

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t hair, and therein was a large skin-bag, in which she kept the talismans needful to her in her wisdom. She wore hairy calf-skin shoes on her feet, with long and strong-looking thongs to them, and great knobs of latten at the ends. On her hands she had gloves of ermine-skin, and they were white and hairy within. Now, when she entered, all men thought it their bounden duty to offer her becoming greetings, and these she received according as the men were agreeable to her. The franklin Thorkell took the wise-woman by the hand, and led her to the seat prepared for her. He requested her to cast her eyes over his herd, his household, and his homestead. She remained silent altogether. During the evening the tables were set; and now I must tell you what food was made ready for the spae-queen. There was prepared for her porridge of kid's milk, and hearts of all kinds of living creatures there found were cooked for her. She had a brazen spoon, and a knife with a handle of walrus-tusk, which was mounted with two rings o

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