Eirik the Red's Saga
Read before the
Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool
January 12th, 1880
by the Rev. J. Sephton
Liverpool: D. Marples & Co. Limited, Melvill Chambers
5. Gudrid marries Thorstein, son of Eirik the Red. [Sickness and death of Thorstein.]
15. Gudrid's descendants.
(This translation is made from the version of the Saga printed in Dr. Gudbrand Vigfusson's Icelandic Prose Reader. The passages in square brackets are taken from the Hauks-bok version given in Antiquitates Americanæ. It may be mentioned here that Carl Christian Rafn and the other Danish scholars who edited this elaborate work have concluded that Kjalarnes is the modern Cape Cod, Straumsfjordr is Buzzard's Bay, Straumsey is Martha's Vineyard, and Hop is on the shores of Mount Haup Bay, into which the river Taunton flows.
English readers of Icelandic owe a large debt to Dr. Vigfusson for his
labours in the cause of Icelandic literature. The great Dictionary,
the Sturlunga Saga, and the Prose Reader, together make an undying
claim on our gratitude; and yet they only show how very much more is
still to be done. May we hope that Dr. Vigfusson will not cease from
his labours until he has put forth a large instalment of the series
which he has sketched in the able introduction to the Sturlunga, p.
ccix.; and that the Delegates of the Clarendon Press will continue
generously to appreciate his eager, scholarly, and laborious
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