The Vinland sagas

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Dale Kedwards (University of Iceland)
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The Old Norse Vínland sagas, which include

Eiríks saga rauða


Saga of Erik the Red

] and

Grœnlendinga saga


Saga of Greenlanders

], are the two major accounts of the Norse exploration of North America. Vínland [“wine land” or “vine land”] was the name given to the Norse to a land south of Greenland, so-called for the wild grapes that Norse explorers found there. The two Vínland sagas are generally counted among the


[sagas of Icelanders], which relate the doings of Icelanders in the centuries between the discovery of Iceland in around 870 CE and their conversion to Christianity in around the year 1000. The Vínland sagas were likely composed in the thirteenth century, but relate the Icelanders’ settlement of Greenland and exploratory voyages to Vínland…

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Citation: Kedwards, Dale. "The Vinland sagas". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 January 2023 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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