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The narrative begins with a raiding party of Norsemen attacking the English castle of the young Lord Alwin, Earl of Northumbria. They bring Alwin back to a Norwegian trading post as a slave. Helga Nilsson, the ward of Leif Ericsson and a shield maiden of noble blood, decides to buy the defiant English nobleman as her thrall. Egil the Black, Leif’s Danish sailing master, covets Helga for himself and becomes intensely jealous of Alwin. Meanwhile, Leif Ericsson is racializing vinland 23 temporarily at the court of King Olaf Trygvasson, where the king converts Leif to the new Christian faith.

Even among the Vikings, masculinity is a matter of degree. Erik the Red still worships the pagan Norse gods, Thor and Odin. Early in the film, we see him savagely axe-murder a Christian convert discovered among his own men. During the subsequent homecoming banquet sequence in Greenland, Leif, who has recently converted to Christianity in Norway, confronts his father’s violent temper. Once Leif has been goaded into revealing his own Christian conversion at the feast, Eric throws a broad axe across the room toward his son’s head, missing its target by inches.

Population of 92 million. In the early and mid-nineteenth century, Norwegian and Swedish immigrants tended to come to places like Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska directly from overpopulated rural districts in Scandinavia. ”7 The New England patricians and poets discussed in chapter one were not alone in making claims about the existence of pre-Columbian Viking settlements in America. Scandinavian Americans themselves also had a strong stake in embracing the argument and thus inextricably linking themselves to a core mythology of American whiteness, national origins, and biological fitness for citizenship.

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