Further interpretation of “The Vinland Sagas – The Norse Discovery of America” – Magnus Magnusson and Hermann Palsson, Penguin Books – 1965 translation. Please be sure to click on the links to see supporting landmark and landscape photos.
ST. FRANCOIS, LAVAL EAST, QUEBEC – 1004-1005 AD // One evening [ At Leif’s Laval East ‘Exploring’ base camp ] news came that someone was missing: it was Tyrkir the Southerner [ Bavarian ]. Leif rebuked his men severely, and got ready to make a search with twelve (12) men.
They had gone only a short distance from the houses [ They were heading West, up the southern shoreline of Riviere des Prairies ] when Tyrkir came walking towards them, and gave them a warm welcome. Leif quickly realized that Tyrkir was in excellent humour. [ He had just visited and felt the ‘positive vibes’ created by Canada’s eastern ‘Planetary Grid‘ line that runs north/south through eastern Laval, Quebec. (see illustration below) ]
[ Interpreter’s Note: The second ‘Planetary Grid’ line, which runs north/south through western Canada, runs through a ravine (crack) in the centre of a small town called Camrose, Alberta. The name of that ravine?… “Happy” Valley (named so by early white, European settlers) ]
Lief said to him, ‘Why are you so late, foster-father? How did you get separated from your companions?
At first Tyrkir spoke for a long time in German, rolling his eyes in all directions and pulling faces [ speaking (ancient) Germanic ? ], and no one could understand what he was saying. After a while he spoke in Icelandic.
‘I did not go much farther than you.‘ [ He had hiked West, up the Riviere des Prairies’ south shore, about 3 kilometres from the Leif’s ‘exploring’ base camp at the Eastern tip of the island of Laval ][ The exact same site of the first Laval ( originally Ile Jesus) settlements of New France circa 1650-1700 AD ]
He said. ‘I have some news. I found vines and grapes’ [ At the area known in New France as the ‘Berge du Vieux Moulin‘. There, the soil “terroire” is quite different / harder and less fertile than the surrounding, very fertile Laval farmland (see St. Francois ‘Grapevines, Etc.’ photos below from Google Street View) ].
It is said that the tow-boat was filled with grapes [ harvested from the Berge du Vieux Moulin “terroire” site – about four square kilometres in size ]. They took on a full cargo of timber [ from Terrebonne, on the north river, Riviere des Milles Iles ]; and in the spring [ when the Riviere des Prairies runs the highest during the spring thaw ] they made ready to leave and sailed away [ east down the St. Lawrence River to The Gulf of St. Lawrence, and out through the Strait of Belle Isle between Labrador and Newfoundland ].
Leif named the country ‘Vinland’ after its natural qualities [ ‘qualities’ is plural, after all three features of the Laval/Terrebonne, Quebec area: 1. ‘grape vines and grapes’, 2. ‘fertile land‘ or ‘oasis‘, and 3. ‘meadow-lands‘ ] and called it ‘Vinland’ (see footnote a).
They put out to sea [ The Labrador Sea ] and had favourable winds all the way until they sighted Greenland and its ice-capped mountains.
March 26, 2013
a. Literally, ‘Wine-land’. With the compound Vίn-land, compare the Iclandic term vίnber, ‘grapes’ (literally ‘wine-berries’). In order to explain away the absence of grapes in certain parts of North America which have been suggested as the site of Vinland, some scholars (including Dr Helge Ingstad) have argued that the first element in the name is not vίn (‘wine’) but vin, meaning ‘fertile land’ or ‘oasis’.
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