90 Miles From Tyranny : Qassiarsuk – Erik the Red’s former farm in Greenland

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Qassiarsuk – Erik the Red’s former farm in Greenland

Erik the Red
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Erik Thorvaldsson
 (Old NorseEiríkr Þorvaldsson; 950 – c. 1003), known as Erik the Red (Old NorseEiríkr hinn rauði[1]), is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition indicates that he was born in the Jæren district of RogalandNorway, as the son of Þorvald Ásvaldsson, he therefore also appears, patronymically, as Erik Thorvaldsson (Eiríkr Þorvaldsson). The appellation "the Red" most likely refers to his hair color[2] and the color of his beard.[3] Leif Ericson, the famousIcelandic explorer, was Erik's son


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