Thorvald Erikson, first known European to be killed in North America

Thorvald Erikson was the son of Erik the Red and brother of Leif Erikson. The only sources available regarding Thorvald Erikson are the two Vinland sagas; the Greenland Saga and the Saga of Erik the Red. Although the two sagas differ in various detail, according to both sagas Thorvald was part of an expedition for the exploration of Vinland and became the first known European to be killed in North America by its indigenous people. Thorvald Erikson (Old Norse: Þōrvaldr Eirikssonr; Icelandic: Þorvaldur Eiríksson) The Greenland Saga describes the voyage made by Bjarni Herjolfsson,…

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