Standing at the highest point above their home, she prayed they’d return this night.

It was three moons since they’d watched the raven sails leave their harbour. Bjørn had come to her, giving her a lingering kiss before leaping aboard the longboat. “Never fear, Frain. We will return when the midnight sun is at its zenith. I’ll be home before my son is born.”

She felt a twinge in her back, a pulling ache in her belly, but still she stared into the midnight sun. In the distance she saw the raven sails at last. The longboats were coming home.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

So is there a history behind this sweet story, Carrie?

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

A sweet tale, Carrie. I felt the longing. I’m glad Bjorn returned in time before his son is born. Lovely. 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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1 month ago

You’re welcome, Carrie.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 month ago

How nice with a Viking story, Carrie! You have well described the fate of many women at the time, waiting and hoping to see signs of their ships far out in the sea.
You paint a beautiful and exotic picture of one of those women, looking into the midnight sun. However, I doubt that a Viking woman actually could see the midnight sun. It’s true that in the northern countries you have light throughout the night in the summer. But to actually see the sun at midnight, you would have to be north of the arctic circle and I don’t think that the Vikings lived at those latitudes.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
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1 month ago

Thanks for your information, Carrie! I had no idea that Vikings came from the areas in the northernmost part of Norway. Interesting!
Concerning the colonization of Iceland, it happened during the 880s, after Harald Hairfair had united Norway into one single kingdom. This was not accepted by some of the wealthy families who preferred to leave for Iceland.
In Iceland, a serious punishment by the court (the Althing) was to “outlaw” a criminal, who usually then went back to Norway. However, Erik the Red decided to travel west instead when he was condemned as an outlaw, and ended up in Greenland in 985, where he settled with his clan. It was his son, Leif Eriksson, who went even further west, in 1000, to the north-eastern parts of America, in Canada, where signs of the presence of Vikings have been found.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
29 days ago

This is a lovely story, Carrie.

allinonefitness steven jenkins
allinonefitness steven jenkins(@allinonefitness-steven-jenkins)
26 days ago

Excellent work, Carrie  😀 

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