Leif Ericsson

Erik the Red Thorvaldsson

A serious quarrel erupted between Erik the Red-haired and his neighbours on Iceland. In the fight that followed, Erik was responsible for the death of two men. He was convicted of manslaughter, pronounced an outlaw, and exiled from Iceland for three years. To stay meant possible death as, once convicted, anyone on Iceland was allowed to legally kill him. In 980-81,  Eric therefore decided to explore land sighted by his friend Gunnbj÷rn ┌lfsson to the west of Iceland. The course Eric followed took him to the island he named Greenland.  

- 14. august 2004 -