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My name is Eric.

I am remembered in medieval Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Nordic settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition indicates that I was born in the Jæren district of Rogaland, Norway, as the son of Thorvald Asvaldsson, my name therefore also appears, patronymically, as Erik Thorvaldsson (Eiríkr Þorvaldsson). The appellation “the Red” most likely refers to my hair color. Leif Ericson, the famous Icelandic explorer, is my son.

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