Thorstein’s Expedition in “The Sagas of the Greenlanders”

Chapter 5

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Thorstein Eiriksson now wished to sail to Vinland to retrieve his brother Thorvald's body and made the same ship ready once more. He selected his companions for their strength and size, taking with him twenty-five men and his wife, Gudrid. Once they had made ready, they set sail and were out of sight of land. They were tossed about at sea all summer and did not know where they were.

The first week of winter had passed [winter began about October 15] when they made land in Lysufjord, in the western settlement in Greenland.

Source: Keneva Kunz, trans., "[Thorstein's expedition 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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