| - May 1998. no. 2
There are many versions of why Leif Eriksson was called "Leif the Lucky". In Danish he's called lykkelige - literally meaning "the Happy". But in Old Norse, the original language in which the Sagas were written, he is "the Lucky One"- (heppni) - and not "the Happy". In The Greenlanders' Sagas, it is told that King Olav of Norway sent Leif to Greenland to introduce Christianity to its Norse settlers. On his way, he saved the crew of a wrecked and drifting ship. Significantly, he reportedly found Vinland (North America) on that very same journey and thereby earned his name "the Lucky One". His father, Erik the Red, was not exactly too keen about Leif's introduction of Christianity to Greenland - but he could live with his son's new title.
Meetings in the US and Canada
The descendants of Icelandic immigrants in Manitoba are busy preparing for Year 2000 celebrations as well. They're working closely with the Icelandic committee. They don't have a homepage yet, but they do have an e-mail-address: email@example.com.
After sailing off from the homestead of his father (Erik the Red) at Brattahlid in South Greenland, Leif Eriksson is thought to have landed around L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. That's why a major part of the Leif Eriksson celebrations will center on the voyage of the Viking ship Islendigur from Brattahlid to L'Anse aux Meadows in Leif's wake - and then on to the USA.
|The Canadian millennium committee in Winnipeg.|
Lecture in Reykjavík
During a visit to Iceland, the Project Director of Leif 2000 held a lecture at the Nordic House in Reykjavík. The subject was the Project's possibilities and opportunities. She also showed the new tourism video. The Society Kalak - Friends of Greenland in Iceland - sponsored an "Evening on Greenland" at Nordic House.
The Icelandic preparatory committee - Landafundanefnd - will visit South Greenland this summer, partly to visit the Norse sites and ruins but also to prepare for the signing of a cooperation agreement between Greenland and Iceland in preparation for the 1000th anniversary celebrations. The agreement will be signed by our Premier and by the President of Iceland during his visit in August of this year.
The Icelandic committee has a homepage: