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For me, the most interesting thing Vinland Saga is based off of in a way is the real Vinland Sagas, at least the legend of Vinland in the manga is.
Vinland was what the Norse called the Americas. The two sagas recorded about Vinland were called The Saga of the Greenlanders and The Saga of Erik the Red. The latter is about Lief Erikson's journey to Vinland. Anyone remember a certain character by that name mentioning something about Vinland?
Of course, both sagas were written well over 200 years after the events were supposed to have taken place, but most historians take this as evidence that the Vikings at least traveled to the Americas.
I think it is going to be interesting how stuff happens and there are some crucial points in history, like Knut winning against Edmund Ironside - a character that I'd like to see very much.
Also it's going to be interesting how the big politics of the vikings is going to influence Thorfinns journey. I guess we all agree that in some way or another he'll end up going westward, but there are some problems if the mangaka sticks to historic dates.
Leif Ericsonfor example died around 1020, that's not too far away from the point the story is at now. It surely is possible that he'S left out of the story later on, but should at least take Thorfinn to Greenland imo.
I didn't read Vinland Saga very far yet, but at least the most fundamental basic dates are correct about the England invasion and Thorkell did exist as a famous Jomsviking, though he did not side with England.
Wikipedia names him:
Thorkell the Tall, also known as Thorkell the High in the Anglo-Saxon chronicles (Old Norse: Þorke(ti)ll inn hávi; Norwegian: Torkjell Høge; Swedish; Torkel Höge: Danish: Torkild den Høje)
At least the Danish name I can understand as a German since "den Høje" is pretty equal to a German dialect form of "Der Hohe", which is "the high" in a literal sense but mostly refers to the physical size, so "the tall" is an accurate translation.
I don't know much about those Jomsviking yet. Vinland Saga front map says they're living at the mouth of the river Oder. I didn't even know that people who could be called Vikings lived there - after all that's between north-east Germany and Poland - , gonna check that tomorrow.
How will Thorfinn feel when he actually reach Vinland, though? From Leif story when he's a boy, Thorfinn may imagine that Vinland is an utopia where the land always fertile and in peace with no need of war.
But, isn't in the real history he have war with the native people and forced to sail back in the end? Correct me if I'm wrong.
This might become an element of the later Vinland saga
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; January 13, 2011 at 06:45 AM.
Seriosly I love this historical manga. I took a first year history paper on British and Irish history at uni so its awsome to see names and events that I recognize. Canute the great for example.
Vinland is a historical place, an island in Canada in the modern day called Newfoundland (name is close to vinland).