Erik the Red gave Greenland its name over 1,000 years ago and ushered in the country’s Viking era. It is said that he was a particularly hot-headed fellow who, after being exiled from first Norway and later Iceland, finally settled in Greenland. Erik the Red married Tjodhilde, but history now repeated itself and his father's fate also befell Erik. In 982 he was sentenced to exile from Iceland for three years for murder...

Erik the Red gave Greenland its name over 1,000 years ago and ushered in the country’s Viking era. It is said that he was a particularly hot-headed fellow who, after being exiled from first Norway and later Iceland, finally settled in Greenland. Erik the Red married Tjodhilde, but history now repeated itself and his father's fate also befell Erik. In 982 he was sentenced to exile from Iceland for three years for murder...

Erik Thorvaldsson, known as Erik the Red, is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition indicates that he was born in the Jæren district of Rogaland, Norway, as the son of Thorvald Asvaldsson. The appellation "the Red" most likely refers to his hair color.

Erik Thorvaldsson, known as Erik the Red, is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition indicates that he was born in the Jæren district of Rogaland, Norway, as the son of Thorvald Asvaldsson. The appellation "the Red" most likely refers to his hair color.

Eric the Red coloring page. Mystery of History Volume 2, Lesson 51 #MOHII51

Eric the Red coloring page. Mystery of History Volume 2, Lesson 51 #MOHII51

Erik the Red - the discovery of Greenland. [Presumably this rune stone tells the story of Eric the Red arriving and settling in Greenland. JE]

Erik the Red - the discovery of Greenland. [Presumably this rune stone tells the story of Eric the Red arriving and settling in Greenland. JE]

Viking Voyages Erik the Red (ca 985)  and Leif Erikkson (ca 1000). In 1965, archaeologists at L'Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland discovered artifacts from the Norse settlement of Vinland, existing 500 years prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Viking Voyages Erik the Red (ca 985) and Leif Erikkson (ca 1000). In 1965, archaeologists at L'Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland discovered artifacts from the Norse settlement of Vinland, existing 500 years prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Erik Thorvaldsson (Old Norse: Eiríkr Þorvaldsson; 950 – c. 1003), known as Erik the Red (Old Norse: Eiríkr hinn rauð), is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland.

Erik Thorvaldsson (Old Norse: Eiríkr Þorvaldsson; 950 – c. 1003), known as Erik the Red (Old Norse: Eiríkr hinn rauð), is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland.

Eric the Red, the fierce red-haired Viking who discovered Greenland about AD 982.   Artist	 Pat Nicolle

Eric the Red, the fierce red-haired Viking who discovered Greenland about AD 982. Artist Pat Nicolle

Erik the Red (950-1003/04) sets sail for Greenland, illustration from 'The Book of Discovery' by T.C. Bridges, published 1931 (colour litho)...

Erik the Red (950-1003/04) sets sail for Greenland, illustration from 'The Book of Discovery' by T.C. Bridges, published 1931 (colour litho)...

The saga of Erik the Red was written down between 1387 - 1394.  This is what it looks like -- The Flateyjarbók (The Flatley Book).  It tells an incredible story of the first Viking settlers in North America, including that of Freydis Eiriksdottir, the female Viking warrior, leader and colonist.

The saga of Erik the Red was written down between 1387 - 1394. This is what it looks like -- The Flateyjarbók (The Flatley Book). It tells an incredible story of the first Viking settlers in North America, including that of Freydis Eiriksdottir, the female Viking warrior, leader and colonist.

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