Eric the Red Eric the Red was a Viking whom was the first toexplore Greenland. He lived from 950-1001. In his life he didmany memorable things, like when he moved to Greenlandand when he killed a man to save the woman he loved. His father, Thorvald Asvaldson, killed manypeople, which caused his family to be exiled for man-slaughter when they were in Norway. The family, includingEric, fled to Iceland. When they were in Iceland Eric’s friend,Gunnbjom Ulffson saw a bit of land out on the west coast ofGreenland and called Eric over to see it. He decided that hewanted to explore the new land because his friend wasn’tthe explorer type. He was nine years old at the time
Eric met a girl named Freya that worked at a pub inIceland. There were two men that wanted to take Freya on amidnight walk. Erik killed them because he discovered thatthey wanted to kill her. He loved Freya, but before they gotmarried he was banished from Greenland because of killingthe men and had to leave the next night. Freya’s father was like the mayor of their village. Freyabegged her dad for Eric to be able to stay but he said no, soshe said that she would go with him to the new land. Ericrefused to take her because he thought it would be toodangerous. The banishment from Iceland lasted for three years.During those years he sailed to the new land by sailing west,he stopped on an island he called “Erik’s island”. He thenrounded the southern tip of the new land. He called the newland Greenland. Another important point in Erik the Red’s life was thebirth of his and Freya’s sons, Leif Eriksson, ThoravaldEriksson, Thorstein Eriksson and his daughter, Freydis. LeifEriksson was believed to be the first European to reachNorth America. Eric the Red was a great explorer that did manythings in his life as a Viking. He discovered Iceland, marriedthe woman he saved and loved, began themapping of stars in the universe, and fathered a secondgeneration explorer, Leif Eriksson. His life as a Viking wasfulfilling and exciting.