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The Saga of Eric the Red

The Saga of Eric the Red is a saga about Eric the Red.

By most accounts, it was written by Jon Thorharson in 1387, almost four centuries after the events in it, which were almost certainly handed down by oral tradition.

In the saga, the events that led Eric the Red's banishment to Greenland are chronicled, as well as Leif Ericson's discovery of Wineland 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 Columbus's journey.

Last updated: 08-23-2005 03:18:16
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