From Miklagard to Vinland: The Norse in the New World

A new post from The Symbolic World blog is linked for you. Here is the first paragraph:

“Discovery and exploration are often incremental, long processes which involve many people and take years to reach a resolution or founding of a new place. These events can be central to an understanding of a people, or a country’s history. Stories of discovery, and the explorers who led expeditions, give people a sense of their origins and symbolically frame the boundaries around their identity. Stories of exploration and foundings of new places are often passed down orally, with tales and legends providing a symbolic basis for a people to define themselves. These forms tend to condense or crystallize the events into a narrative that emphasizes individuals, and those individuals’ stories.”

“Leiv Eirikson discovering America” Christian Krohg, 1893