John surveys the land with Leif Eiriksson at L’Anse aux Meadow
The Saga of the Greenlanders might be the shortest saga John and Andy have tackled, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot to say about it. In this episode, your stalwart hosts run through the usual categories and discuss the motivations behind Freydis’ attack on Helgi and Finnbogi, debate the quality of Thorfinn Karlsefni’s character, review some competing theories on Norse settlements in the North America, and share some recent scholarship that challenges our understanding of the conditions the Vikings dealt with in Greenland. There’s a fair amount of nonsense as well. Join us as we conclude our trip through the Vinland sagas.
In this episode, John interviews Loretta Decker of L’Anse aux Meadows. They discuss the archaeological history of the Vikings in Newfoundland, the challenges of constructing Viking turf houses, and the relationship of the Vinland sagas to the history of the site.