Vinland or Blueberryland?
Despite the comprehensive article by Birgitta Wallace (“Finding Vinland,” February- March 2018), she has not shown conclusively that she has found the mythical Vinland.
For two hundred years, various claims of Vinland being found have circulated. Every professor of mine has always said to go back to the primary sources to research a story.
I believe no one for over one thousand years has dared to challenge the concept written in the sagas that what the Vikings saw growing in “Vinland” were not grapes, but blueberries.
Common sense would show that they were men from Greenland and Iceland and that they never, ever saw a grapevine in their lives. And if you have travelled in Newfoundland you would know that a very delicious wine can be made from blueberries, so it is not too far out of the realm of possibilities.
Vinland will be found, and it will be in Newfoundland!
Robert Burcher Clarksburg, Ontario