The Voyages of the Norsemen to America

The Voyages of the Norsemen to America

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...wooden shed or screen kornhjdlm af tre) found by Thorvald, Storm infers that "this presupposes cultivated grain, contrary to the unanimous tradition." Again, this inference does not seem justified by the text, for what the saga really says is that the Norsemen found a screen, which (in their opinion, or in the opinion of later saga-writers) was for the storage of grain. The Norsemen may, of course, have been mistaken as to the purpose for which this screen was built, and, in any case, it is not stated that the grain was cultivated. The story of Thorvald's death, and the events that led up to it, as told in Gp, agree well with the character of the Norsemen and the natives. The logical relation between cause and effect is clearly exhibited. Thorvald and his men found on the beach some natives lying under their boats. The Norsemen, in theirusual high-handed way, killed these men, except one, who escaped, and, as might have been expected, they were soon after attacked by the natives in great force. In the ensuing battle Thorvald was mortally wounded. According to ER, a fabulous creature, a so-called uniped, came out of the woods, and, without any apparent cause, fired an arrow, which hit Thorvald and caused his death. The tale in Gp is at least as probable. It may be added, finally, that the topographical description of Vinland given by Thorvald corresponds in a most remarkable manner with the coast of America round Cape Cod. Karlsefni's Voyage As told in ER, Karlsefni's voyage comprises in one expedition all the voyages of Thorvald, Karlsefni, and Freydis, as told in Gp. At first sight the account appears to be fairly consistent; it contains many interesting details and many apparently genuine traits. A critical analysis reveals, however, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629906
  • 9781236629906