Erik the Red

About Erik the Red

Who is it?: First permanent European settler in Greenland
Birth Place: Norway, Icelander
Died On: c. 1003\nGreenland
Occupation: Settler, explorer
Known for: Founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland
Partner(s): Þjóðhildr
Children: Freydís, Leif Eiríksson, Þorvaldr and Þorsteinn

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Erik the Red was born in Norway, Icelander, is First permanent European settler in Greenland. Erik the Red was the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The region which was named Greenland by him was once inhabited by the Inuit people. According to medieval and Icelandic saga sources, he was born as Eiríkr Þorvaldsson in Rogaland, Norway. His father was banished from the country due to an allegation of murder and thus the family shifted to Hornstrandir in northwestern Iceland. After a few years, Erik too was accused of committing some murders and was sentenced to exile for three years. Forced to find a new place to settle down, he embarked on a voyage, sailing towards the west and soon discovered a country with fertile conditions that would support development of colonies. Elated at his discovery, he travelled back to Iceland to inform his people about the “green land” he had spotted on his expedition. He impressed his people with his description of the new place and was successful in persuading a group of people to join him on his next expedition to the same country. Eventually he established thriving colonies in Southern Greenland, becoming the first European to do so. His son, Leif Eriksson, also grew up to be a famous explorer in his own right and took forward his father’s legacy by becoming one of the first Europeans to reach North America
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After this, each of them retained a considerable body of men with him at his home. Styr gave Erik his support, as did also Eyiolf of Sviney, Thorbjiorn, Vifil's son, and the sons of Thorbrand of Alptafirth; while Thorgest was backed by the sons of Thord the Yeller, and Thorgeir of Hitardal, Aslak of Langadal and his son Illugi.



Medieval Icelandic tradition relates that Erik the Red and his wife Þjóðhildr (Thjodhildr) had four children: a daughter, Freydís, and three sons, the Explorer Leif Eiríksson, Þorvaldr (Thorvald) and Þorsteinn (Thorstein). Erik himself remained a follower of Norse paganism, unlike his son Leif and Leif's wife, who became Christians. After being baptized by king Olaf Tryggvason, Leif brought the message of Christianity to Greenland, becoming something of an evangelist. While his wife took heartily to the religion, even commissioning Greenland's first church, Erik greatly disliked the faith and stuck to his Norse Gods – which, the sagas relate, led Thjodhild to withhold intercourse from her husband. Thjothhild was the daughter of Jørundur Ulfsson and Thorbjørg Gilsdottir (from whom Gilsfjørd is named). Jørund's mother Bjørg was granddaughter to Irish king Cerball mac Dúnlainge (Kjarval) through his daughter Rafarta.


In this context, about 982, Erik sailed to a somewhat mysterious and little-known land. He rounded the southern tip of the island (later known as Cape Farewell) and sailed up the western coast. He eventually reached a part of the coast that, for the most part, seemed ice-free and consequently had conditions—similar to those of Iceland—that promised growth and Future prosperity. According to the Saga of Erik the Red, he spent his three years of exile exploring this land. The first winter he spent on the island of Eiriksey, the second winter he passed in Eiriksholmar (close to Hvarfsgnipa). In the final summer he explored as far north as Snaefell and into Hrafnsfjord.