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text 2018-01-26 05:31
Reading progress update: I've read 676 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors,Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley

Eirik the Red wasn't in his own Saga very much. Interesting to compare the two Vinland Sagas; Eirik's is fantastical, where-as The Greenlanders is entirely believable. The points of correspondance and divergence are pointed out in the Intro.

 

Well, that's all the short Sagas and Tales done; two novel length Sagas remain for another time. The difference between Sagas and Tales? Tales are always short, but Sagas can be short, too. Seems to me that Tales are much more obviously constructed narratives and have lost more or all or their connection to history. History is much more visible in Sagas, even when obviously preposterous fantastical elements intrude.

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text 2018-01-18 16:58
Reading progress update: I've read 658 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors,Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley

"In the summer Eirik left to settle in the country he had found, which he called Greenland, as he said people would be attracted there if it had a favourable name."

 

False advertising has been around at least a thousand years!

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text 2018-01-14 16:28
Reading progress update: I've read 642 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors,Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley

Bjarni sights land along the North American coast four times but never goes ashore. Upon his return home he was "criticised" for this.

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text 2018-01-13 11:50
Reading progress update: I've read 636 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors,Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley

The Vinland Sagas: These cover the discovery, exploration and settlement of the North American mainland by Europeans. According to the intro, whilst details of plot and character cannot be relied on, archaeological evidence and the descriptions of landscape and native customs make the conclusion that 10th Century Europeans did settle North America inescapable.

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text 2018-01-12 16:45
Reading progress update: I've read 626 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Various Authors,Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley

Ref's nickname is given by none other than King Svein of Denmark!

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