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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The Bloody Trail of Erik the Red’s Daughter

Freydís Eiríksdóttir sailed to Vinland (North America) in the early 1000’s and was the daughter of the famous viking, Erik the Red. She is described as being Leif Erikson’s full sister in the Saga of the Greenlanders (Grœnlendinga Saga) and as being his half sister in the Saga of Erik the Red (Eiríks Saga Rauða). She also had two other brothers, Thorstein and Torvald. It’s unknown when she was born, but probably between the years 970-980 AD. Freydis was married to Torvard, (described as a weakling) and that they lived at Gardar. Freydis participated in two trips…

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