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Der Schwarze Ritter wrote:where there any natives on Iceland? I think the Celts settled there before the Norsemen arrived.
Birgitte Heuschkel wrote:The incredibly few surviving Viking texts from the period seem to indicate that whilst the weather in Greenland grew colder and rendered cattle farming impossible, hunting conditions for the eskimo also deteriorated (until they adapted), leading to conflict over game and quite likely, domestic animals.
Furthermore, and this may be a key factor, the viking culture believed in vendetta; we'll never know who killed the first human being there, but as soon as an eskimo had killed a viking settler, that settler's family would have to take down an eskimo in revenge, and so forth. This was divine law, and no doubt contributed quite a bit to the mysterious disappearance of the two settlements.
The surviving texts curse the blood revenge without going into details, and mourns the fact that "we did not meet them as human beings".
Dan wrote:Der Schwarze Ritter wrote:where there any natives on Iceland? I think the Celts settled there before the Norsemen arrived.
DNA research indicates that Celtic women were brought by Norse men to Iceland.
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