Erik the Red in "The Saga of the Greenlanders"

Chapter 1



Eirik the Red farmed at Brattahlid. There he was held in the highest esteem, and everyone deferred to his authority. Eirik's children were Leif, Thorvald, Thorstein and a daughter, Freydis. [...]

Chapter 2


[...] Leif [...] asked his father Eirik to head the expedition.

Eirik was reluctant to agree, saying he was getting on in years and not as good at bearing the cold and wet as before. Leif said he still commanded the greatest good fortune of all his kinsmen. Eirik gave in to Leif’s urgings and, when they were almost ready, set out from his farm on horseback. When he had but a short distance left to the ship, the horse he was riding stumbled and threw Eirik, injuring his foot. Eirik then spoke: ‘I’m not intended to find any other land than this one where we now live. This will be the end of our travelling together.’

Eirik returned home to Brattahlid.

Chapter 3


That winter Thorir's crew were stricken by illness and he himself died, along with most of his company. Eirik the Red also died that winter.

Source: Keneva Kunz, trans., "[Erik the Red in] The Saga of the Greenlanders" in The Sagas of Icelanders: A Selection, preface by Jane Smiley, introduction by Robert Kellogg, (New York, London, Victoria (Australia), Toronto, Auckland: The Penguin Group, 2000), 636-652. Notes: Translations first published in "The Complete Sagas of Icelanders," volumes I-V (forty-nine tales), Leifur Eiriksson Publishing, Ltd., Iceland, 1997.

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