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Myths of the Rune StoneViking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America$
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David M. Krueger

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696918

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696918.001.0001

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Westward from Vinland

Westward from Vinland

An Immigrant Saga by Hjalmar Holand

(p.15) Chapter One Westward from Vinland
Myths of the Rune Stone

David M. Krueger

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter One outlines the immediate aftermath of Ohman’s discovery of the Kensington Rune Stone in 1898 and also situates the rune stone in the history of Scandinavian immigrant fascination with Pre-Columbian Vikings in North America. The runic myth anchored the immigrants in the American landscape while it maintained an emotional link the homeland.

Keywords:   Kensington Rune Stone, Olof Ohman, Scandinavian Americans, Scandinavian immigrants, Minnesota history, Viking myths, Pre-Colombian Vikings, runic myth

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