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Eirik’s Saga Interpreted: “Karlsefni goes to Vinland, The Skraelings attack” – Magnussen & Palsson, 1965

“Then early one morning in spring, they saw a great horde of skin-boats [islands] approaching from the south round the headland, so dense that it looked as if the estuary were strewn with charcoal; and sticks were being waved from every boat.”

Red Cloth Map - ile verte 2

Headland 1
“Approaching from the south round the headland,” (= Tête d’indien, Quebec)”  (photo)

Charcoal 2

Charcoal 3

Charcoal 4

 “so dense that it looked as if the estuary were strewn with charcoal;” (photo↑) (photo↑↑) (photo↑↑↑)

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“and sticks were being waved from every boat.” ↓

“Karlsefni’s men raised their shields and the two parties began to trade. What the natives wanted to to buy most was red cloth; they also wanted to buy swords and spears, but Karlsefni and Snorri forbade that. In exchange for the cloth they traded grey pelts. The natives took a span of red cloth for each pelt, and tied the cloth round their heads.”

“Karlsefni’s men raised their shields”  (photo)

“and the two parties began to trade.” (beach landing) (photo)

“What the natives wanted most to buy was red cloth;”  (photo)

“they also wanted to buy swords and spears (sharp rocks), but Karlsefni and Snorri forbade that.”   (photo)

“In exchange for the cloth they traded grey pelts.” (seal-like rocks) (photo↑) (photo↑↑)

“The natives took a span of red cloth for each pelt,” (photo)
“and tied the cloth around their heads.”  ( photo ↓)

“The trading went on like this for a while until the cloth began to run short; then Karlsefni and his men cut it up into pieces that were no more than a finger’s breadth wide; but the Skraelings paid just as much or even more for it.”

↓”The trading went on like this for a while ↓ (photo)

↑↓ until the cloth began to run short;” (photo↑)(photo↑↑)(photo↓↓↓)

↓”Then Karlsefni and his men cut it up into pieces which were no more than a finger’s breadth wide;” ↓ (photo)

↓ “but the Skraelings paid just as much or even more for it.” ↓

Red Cloth

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Thank You, Panoramio Photographers: Bodha, Badha 1Jean-Jérôme Bevilacq, Gaelle and Jean Pierre Adam

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