Runestone

Runestone They set sail from Norway two swift moving longships and their handpicked crews following the route navigated by the legendary Leif Ericson But for young shipmaster Nils Thorsson and his fellow Nors

  • Title: Runestone
  • Author: Don Coldsmith
  • ISBN: 9780553572803
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • They set sail from Norway, two swift moving longships and their handpicked crews, following the route navigated by the legendary Leif Ericson But for young shipmaster Nils Thorsson and his fellow Norsemen the real journey begins when they push on into the uncharted continent of Vinland.There the explorers revel in the chance to penetrate a virgin land until they trespassThey set sail from Norway, two swift moving longships and their handpicked crews, following the route navigated by the legendary Leif Ericson But for young shipmaster Nils Thorsson and his fellow Norsemen the real journey begins when they push on into the uncharted continent of Vinland.There the explorers revel in the chance to penetrate a virgin land until they trespass on the grounds of a primitive people who have seen enough of the light hairs cruelty to believe they are too dangerous to ignore In one swift dawn raid, they deal with the invaders by letting go a swarm of fiery arrows Only three men from the sailing party escape the intrepid Nils Thorsson, the hardened seaman Svenson, and an enigmatic native guide called Odin Now stranded in the wilderness with their one eyed guide, Thomson and Svenson know that to survive they must master the ways of war, of the hunt and of a proud and fearless people.

    One thought on “Runestone”

    1. As a historically researched story for parts of North American People at around 1100 AD this may be unparalleled.The cons: it is overly long, with 300 pages of extra micro detail. It is somewhat repetitious. It also seems written more for a younger naive reader who might be more receptive to simplistic religious intertwinings.I was looking for a story more oriented to the Norse as explorers as a group, rather than as stranded individual stragglers who became enmeshed in the local population. Thi [...]

    2. I can't get enough of speculation on this subject. Fact: There's a stone inscribed with Viking runes, dated to 1000 AD. In OKLAHOMA. There are others that have been found as far from the Atlantic Coast as Minnesota. The Mandan Indians when encountered by Lewis and Clark 800 years later had blue eyes and permanent stone settlements built in the style of medieval Europe.Each leg of the trip from Norway to Iceland, to Greenland, to Canada was easily within their ability. The Vikings were here, and [...]

    3. I've read all of Dr. ColdsmithsTRAIL OF THE SPANISH BIT books back when they first hit the shelves and as soon as I completed one I couldn't wait for the next one to be published. The story starts in the mid sixteenth century with a lost and injured Spanish soldier wearing metal armor and in possession of the first horse that the very confused Natives had ever seen in the Great Plains. The People take the man and beast into the fold and the Saga begins. There is not a bad read in the bunch. Ther [...]

    4. This book was not terrible though for some reason it failed to wow me as much as I thought it would. It is an easy read. The word usage is simple and flows rather well. Though it seemed to spend a lot of time on characters thoughts and planning their ideas. A lot of times the same thoughts and ideas are repeated again later as if we didn't remember what they had thought a few pages back. This led to what seemed as a ton of non-essential reading and started making me feel impatient. A lot of page [...]

    5. I loved this book. Historically we know that Vikings explored what is now North America. Setting sail from Stadt, Norway with brief stops in Iceland and Greenland they landed in Straumfjord, a viking settlement in nowday Newfoundland with intentions to map this new county believing it to be an island. This is a story of much adventure and what may have happened thru many years travel and exploring. After encounters with native tribes some good friendly , and some warlike, they ontinued on their [...]

    6. I'm sad to say this book fell far from my expectations. Someone recommended it to me as a good historical fiction account of viking explorations in America before the Age of Sail, but it seemed to me more like a chance for the author to take a new angle on the classic 'cowboys vs indians' novel. The characters are one-dimensional, dim-witted, and hard to identify with. The dialog is flat. The plot tends to go in circles. The storyline is intriguing, but doesn't deliver. I gave this book 100 page [...]

    7. The Native Americans were here before Columbus before the Vikings but did you know that there are ancient viking marking inland in this country not on the coast. This book is an intreaging story of how the Runestone came to be. It makes one think. Google Runestone museum (images) and see what you find. I did. How did Runestone end up in Minnesota?

    8. Read this 18 years ago. Enjoyed it immensely. A travelog in speculative North American history.4.5 stars.

    9. Tolles Abenteuer, Wikinger mit Indianern. Spannend. Ich war beim Lesen in Odin verknallt. Don Coldsmith's Schreibstil gefiel mir gut.

    10. Interesting speculation, although it doesn't really prove anything. A great adventure tale for younger readers. Somewhat overboard on detailing the characters' every thought.

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