Norwegian-American ‘missions of education’ and Old Norse literature
in From Iceland to the Americas
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The topics of the chapter are the importance of Old Norse literature for people of mostly Norwegian descent in North America and their devotion to the matter of Vinland. The study includes a discussion on how Professor Rasmus B. Anderson (1846–1936) influenced and contributed to the legacy of the medieval explorer Leif Eiriksson, the reception of Old Norse literature in the founding of the publishing company The Norrœna Society, and translations of Old Norse works. The focus is at the same time on ‘missions of education’ leading up to observances, festivals, and anniversaries, both Norwegian and all American – ´missions´ that involved publishing medieval literature, crossing the Atlantic on replicas of Viking ships, and even raising statues. All of these advocated for the importance of Leif Eiriksson being the first European to find America.

From Iceland to the Americas

Vinland and historical imagination

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