Help Hjörtur find the last Viking in America


I have always been rather fond of Vikings. The starter was a Norwegian love interest when I was 17.  The main course was – surprise – Iceland and its men (an average Icelandic man is 17 times cuter than an average Belgian man, more or less). The dessert happened to be a Belgian who doesn’t look Scandinavian at all – hello there sweetie, love you! Yet I still like to look at Scandinavian guys because – as the boyfriend tends to put it – having chosen a dish doesn’t mean you can’t have a look at the menu anymore. Hello Alexander Skårsgaard. Vikings, I like!

Sooooo –sorry I got distracted– you can arouse my attention by historic research on Vikings. One of my friends, Hjörtur is dreaming of finding proof of the existence of Vikings in America. He is crowdfunding his project right now and that’s why I call for your help (you can support him via Kickstarter).

Hjörtur is looking for the grave of Thorvald, the brother of Leif the Lucky who is an important character in the sagas. “The Icelandic sagas tell the story of Leif the Lucky who discovered Vinland in the west (Canada, red.)”, Hjörtur tells. “More Vikings followed in his footsteps including his brother Thorvald (Þorvaldur). Thorvald was killed by an arrow from one of the natives as he was searching for a place for his future home and buried there. The description of the grave is quite accurate in the sagas but are they reliable?”

This summer we’re going to Iceland and it sort of struck me that their sagas often have historic roots. In Snaefellsness eg. you have Berserkjahraun. It’s about two Swedish berserks, Halli and Leiknir, Halli falls in love with the daughter of Styr the Slayer (the brother of his master) and asks for her hand. Styr tells the berserks that he will give Halli his blessing after they have finished the tasks of clearing a path through the rugged lava field, building a boundary fence across it, and a sheep pen. They complete the tasks in a remarkably short time. Styr the Slayer prepares an underground sauna for them and traps and kills them. Their bodies were buried in the lava field close to the path as can be seen up to this date. A few years ago two graves of large men have been discovered so often archeologists find proof of things told in the sagas

Hjörtur gives a few other examples: “Erik the Red’s farm in Greenland has been found and so has the camp of his son Leif the Lucky in Newfoundland. The chance of finding a grave of a single man who’s been buried for 1.000 years somewhere in America is slim, to say the least. To increase the change it is important to understand the Sagas and the Vikings. What were they thinking? What were they looking for? Where would they bury a dead chief?”

Hjörtur needs to raise another 25 000 dollars before tomorrow night. You can support him via Kickstarter. If he doesn’t reach the target you won’t get charged. On that page you find a more detailed description of the project.

Why did I support this? Not only because I am rather interested in the subject, but also because I think Hjörtur is a really good storyteller. He’s the one who will make the perfect documentary about this search. Even if they don’t find anything, he will make an interesting program, I’m sure. The proof is of course in the pudding. Last year he told us all we needed to know about volcanoes in Iceland.

Like this? Please do support him. If 25 000 people support him with 1 dollar, he’s able to fund the project.

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One thought on “Help Hjörtur find the last Viking in America

  1. Hjortür is absolutely right in trying to find a grave based on a saga. When Homerus wrote about Troy he was telling a true story too. Schliemann discovered the real city of Troy based on a myth.

    I like Viking saga’s too. When I visited Danmark about a year ago I visited the Nationalmuseet. They have quite an impressive collection of Viking artefacts. It blew me away to see all those beautiful objects tell the story of a great empire that was almost as rich as Rome.

    Hjortür, good luck with your project!

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