On Thu, 24 Apr 1997 14:01:21 +0100 Kathryn F Hinds <[log in to unmask]>
>Jim Cain wrote about:
>> the remains of habitations in the
>>appropriate saga about the settling of Greenland...was that
>It was in Iceland, not Greenland, that Norse settlers found traces of
>habitation; this is recounted in _Islendingabok_ (_The Book of the
>Icelanders_), written by Ari Thorgillson in the twelfth century.
>monks were probably also in the Faeroes before the Norse.) Greenland,
>far as I can recall, was completely uninhabited when Erik the Red
>and settled there in the late tenth century; this is recounted, I
>in _Erik's Saga_ and _The Saga of the Greenlanders_. For more
>info., see _Cultural Atlas of the Viking World_ ed. James
>> Thanks again for
>>the info on sweat lodges.
>My husband and I just subscribed to this list (we'll get around to
>an intro one of these days), so I'm jumping in here without knowing
>already been discussed. (Sorry!) But if you haven't seen it yet,
>an excellent section on sweat houses in _Ancient Inventions_ by Peter
>and Nick Thorpe.
As I told Maeve...it's been a score of years and some since I read that
particular bit and I knew about Iceland and the Faeroes, but I'd've
sworn it also said Greenland...and maybe it did and the author I was reading had it wrong. Well, the Faeroes and Iceland are a trail pointing
west and one could have been the island where the "Navagatio" says
Brendan and his fellow travelers found a settlement of Irish monks
living in monastic silence.
And now I've really got to find that source...
Thanks for your input.