Erik the Red

Erik the Red (Old Norse: Eiríkr hinn rauði) was a Norwegian Viking who founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. Erik Thorvaldsson (Eiríkr Þorvaldsson) was born in 950 AD in the Jæren district of Rogaland, Norway and died in Greenland in the year 1003 AD.  He was the son of Thorvald Asvaldsson, whose violent actions would begin his son, Erik the Red’s, saga. The appellation “the Red” in Erik’s name most likely refers to his hair and beard color. Erik the Red and his wife Þjóðhildr (Thjodhildr) had four children: a daughter, Freydís, and three sons,…

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Criminal Profiling, the Vikings did it first

The Vikings earned a reputation as highly aggressive raiders who ravished Europe in the Early Middle Ages. But how were these highly aggressive men controlled when they returned to their homelands? A researcher from the University of Aberdeen suggests this was a problem that Viking societies themselves were deeply concerned about. So much so that they took on the role of early criminal profilers that drafted descriptions of the most likely trouble-makers. Dr Tarrin Wills from the Center for Scandinavian Studies has examined early Icelandic literature and discovered that its authors pinpointed…

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