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Early in the manga, Lief Ericson tells a fantastic story about an adventure he had to a strange and beautiful land he called "Vinland, the Land of Pastures". Since the manga is named after this place, I believe it will come up again once Thorfinn manages to free himself from slavery.
"Vinland" could possibly represent so many things. It could be an actual place that can be reached, like say the New World (AKA the American continent), which was discovered by vikings. Though it could also simply represent every adventurer's dream, a goal that cannot be obtained but keeps the spirit of adventure alive in people sailing the seas.
This thread is the place to discuss what you think Vinland actually is, and if it will ever be reached in Thorfinn's lifetime.
Hmmm, I never paid much thoughts into that. It was obvious to me that Leif was referring to the "real" Vinland the "real" Leif Eriksson discovered and settled in centuries ago. I believe many norse sagas agree that the New World was discovered when Leif Eriksson landed there, in Vinland, which I believe is the area around L'Anse aux Meadows, up there in Canada.
What do you think about it?
Well in my opinion, its a clear reference to the real Vinland no doubt. But the mangaka loves taking realistic places and people and making them his own, so who knows how it could turn out if he really takes the characters there.
Though, ever since it was mentioned, I always thought they would never go there. That it was more like a dream, the spirit of adventure so to speak, that would inspire the characters to keep traveling around. Thorfinn, especially, needs something like that to bring his "soul" back to him. Maybe if he remembers how excited he was hearing the story of Vinland as a kid, it will somehow make him stop being so stoic about life like he's being now.
Thorfinn is also a name mentioned in the original, so I think that's the end goal for this manga. At some point, our character will set sail (probably helped by Canute - who knows) and land on Vinland, where he will settle. ***
Last edited by Charlie; March 31, 2013 at 07:24 AM.
If they do stick to history (or history that passed through generations of drunk storytellers before it was written down, backed up by a bit of archaeology) and sail to Vinland, I don't think it goes particularly well..
But it could be symbolic.
If this is just a coming-of-age story about Thorfinn's journey to becoming a sane adult/ 'true warrior' then maybe it will end like Planetes with the start of the expedition. I hope not though
Talking of anonymous Vikings sailing to America, those guys turn up briefly in American Gods by Neil Gaiman.. Which everyone should read, as it's awesome, and we need something for the wait for the next chapter of this anyway.
Since the newest chapter, 93, sort of
2. From the 'farmland'. They will leave in 2-3 chapters. To Vinland? I'd say about 5-10 chapters, or a few weeks.
3. NO. I think this in the moment where Canute starts fading out from the manga...
I just take a guess... Any chance to have Thorkell join them? I mean he will see in Thorfinn,s eyes the same look he saw in his father's eyes.