Straumsey [in Skalholt Book] (Current Island) and Straumsfjord [Skalholt Book] (Fjord of Currents) in "Eirik the Red’s Saga"

[Karlsefni’s and Gudrid’s expedition]

Chapter 8

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[...] they sailed onwards, until they reached a fjord with an island near its mouth, where there were strong currents, and called the island Straumsey (Stream island). There were so many birds there that they could hardly walk without stepping on eggs. They sailed up into the fjord, which they called Straumsfjord, unloaded the cargo from the ships and began settling in.

They had brought all sorts of livestock with them and explored the land and its resources. There were mountains there [Skalholt Book; there are no mountains in Hauk’s Book] and a pleasant landscape. They paid little attention to things other than exploring the land. The grass there grew tall.

They spent the winter there, and it was a harsh winter, for which they had made little preparation, and they grew short of food and caught nothing when hunting or fishing. They went out to the island, expecting to find some prey to hunt for food on the beaches. They found little food, but their livestock improved there. [...]

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[...] In the spring they moved further into Straumsfjord and lived on the produce of both shores of the fjord: hunting game inland, gathering eggs on the island and fishing at sea.

Chapter 12

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They returned [from the area north of Straumfjord] to spend their third winter in Straumsfjord. Many quarrels arose, as the men who had no wives sought to take those of the married men. Karlsefni's son Snorri was born there the first autumn and was three years old when they left.

Source: Keneva Kunz, trans., "[Straumsey and Straumsfjord in] Eirik the Red\'s Saga" 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), 653-674. 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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