Two years ago, February 18, 2013, I came upon (via satellite-view) an unusually Norse-looking ring formation in St. Francois, Laval, Quebec, where I grew up. That odd discovery – no matter what it actually is – led me to re-examine in detail The Vinland Map and The Vinland Sagas.
In little time I was able to re-interpret that Bjarni Herjolfsson had actually (‘factually’ according to The Vinland Sagas) been blown off course south past Newfoundland (Helluland). He then sailed west through The Cabot Strait and into The Gulf of St. Lawrence – not along the coasts of Labrador and Baffin Island as is commonly believed. The first land Bjarni sighted was ‘factually’ Cape Breton Island.
By simply changing the North/South bearings of Bjarni’s voyage, clues in the Sagas then point to the subsequent voyage by Leif Eiriksson into the Gulf again, then up the St. Lawrence River – first establishing a settlement at Ile Verte, Quebec (across from the mouth of the Saguenay River leading to Lac St. Jean). Thorvald Eiriksson then set up camp at the tip of the island of Laval on the Riviere des prairies (Krossaness), and Thorfinn Karlsefni established a second settlement, up the Riviere des mille iles at Terrebonne, Quebec (Straumfjord).
Flash forward two years, and many blogs, Facebook and Twitter posts later, and my new interpretations of the old Vinland Sagas have led me to decipher that another odd Norse-Celtic structure in Laval, Quebec – this time of some 16 large stones (glacial erratics) along Mille Iles Blvd. – are directly referenced in The Vinland Sagas. The layout of the stones tell the ‘Freydis in Vinland’ tale of the murder of the men and, by Freydis herself, the five women of a rival settlement up-fjord.
So please read on… and see how the layout of these stones not only matches the details of the murderous ‘Freydis in Vinland’ Saga. But also, in matching the details, shows that the stones AND the Saga are actually instructions (a visual map and an oral map) of ‘how to’ row up the Riviere des Mille Iles, past key islands, around treacherous rapids, and then turn to sail downstream – and dock your boat safely at Ile St. Jean in Terrebonne, Quebec (my long-ago established site of Vinland’s ‘Straumfjord’). Enjoy! Donald Wiedman, February 18, 2015.
For more interpretations of The Vinland Sagas and growing evidence of Norse exploration up The St. Lawrence Valley, and Ottawa River Valley, please also visit Vinland 2013 A.D. on Facebook and @Lavalhallalujah on Twitter.