Dear Kensington Rune Stone International Supporters:
As some of your may know, I have been developing a new interpretation of The Vinland Sagas, with a primary focus on tracking the Norse (The Eirikssons & Thorfinn Karlsefni) up the St. Lawrence, des Prairies, Mille Iles and Ottawa Rivers, all the way to Lake Tamiskamingue [Follow on Facebook and Twitter].
Part of the development of this new view has been based on ‘deciphering’ in 2014 that the Vinland Sagas were actually useful ‘Oral Maps‘, and the short stories of The Vinland Sagas are illustrations of the pointes, bays, islands, l’anses, rapids and waterfalls sailors follow along the shores around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and up the St. Lawrence and Ottawa River valleys.
The third leg of this new KRS interpretation is that large shoreline ‘boulders’ play starring roles in the Vinland Sagas/KRS Runes narratives, physically confirming the ‘oral trail’ set for Norse explorers, settlers and traders travelling from Helluland to Markland, to Vinland to Minnesota, and back.
With that in mind, I am pleased to offer my support for the authenticity of the Kensington Rune Stone – via this new interpretation of the Stone’s inscriptions. [KRS runes, front and side, are in bold. My (humble) decipherings are in square brackets.]
July, 14, 2015 – Toronto, Canada
(front of stone)
Eight Götalanders [Swedes] and 22 Northmen [Norwegians] on this acquisition journey [Fur trading mission] from Vinland [Laval/Terrebonne, Quebec] far to the west. [Up the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, against the current, is ‘South’. Lake Superior and Minnesota are ‘East’ via the French/Mattawa River, then ‘South’ again across the Lake.]
We had a camp by two (shelters?) [This phrase illustrates the two ends (safe shelter spots) of Georgian Bay’s Northern Channel] one day’s journey north [illustrating the open water crossing (doegr) across Lake Superior from Minnesota’s Manitou Peninsula/Island to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario] from this stone [anywhere inland from the shoreline between the Manitou Peninsula and Duluth].
We were fishing one day [another ‘doegr’ (large body of water), Lake Huron; this phrase signifies the second sheltered ‘camp’, at the bottom of the Northern Channel, near the mouth of the French River. Historically the east-west fur trade route of the French fur trade in the 1600s-1800s].
After we came home, found 10 men red from blood [marking the mouth of the French River are large red-rock boulders] and dead [‘killed’ instructs Norse sailors to ‘enter’ the river / ‘stab’ the rapids with your boat].
Ave Maria save from evil [This exclamation no doubt primarily signifies you have found the mouth of the French River, and the way home! (and avoided a certain, evil frozen death if you failed to find the right rivers’ mouth). But also with its deep Christian roots, seems to indicate that the fur trade missions mapped out in runes on the Kensington Rune Stone occurred a while into Christianity settling into Norse culture – a long while after the 1010-1020 AD Eiriksson and Karlsefni first Christian expeditions to Vinland].
(side of stone)
There are 10 men by the inland sea to look after our ships [navigating up the Ottawa River in small eight-man boats, the ocean going Norse ships were left anchored on the shores of Lake of Two Mountains, where the Ottawa River joins the Riviere des Prairies/St. Lawrence River], fourteen days journey [14 days = 2 weeks = the lengths of 2 rivers (the French River to Mattawa, and Ottawa River to Lake of Two Mountains] from this peninsula (or island) [the runes start from Minnesota’s Mignon Peninsula/Island].
This date matches well with the historically recorded 1300s shipwreck off Iceland of a ship laden with timber from ‘Markland’ (Quebec/Labrador). And rumoured carbon dating aspects of recent work on Baffin Island by Canadian archeologist Pat Sutherland (Norse wool tested is said to have been carbon dated to the 1300s). Plus Scott Wolter’s Hooked X work illustrating how Norse runes continued to evolve in the new world.
Lastly, these ‘curious’ boulders that lined the Mille Iles riverside in Laval/Terrebonne, Quebec – by my deciphering, the layout of a ‘how-to’ land your ship at the nearby downstream Ile St. Jean ‘longphort‘ – lend in their architecture and permanence, evidence of small (30 men), Norse trading and lumbering missions continuing to North America from Greenland, Iceland and Scandinavia, well into the 1300s.
Thank you for your time,