The answer is Leif Erickkson. Skalds, court poets of Scandinavian and Icelandic leaders, recorded Nordic history in poems and songs. The Greenlander's Saga is the account of Leif's exploration in Vinland, or present-day Canada.
The skald, or the poet, held a place of honor in Nordic culture. His job was to keep a record of all that happened and to sing the praises of his leader. Instead of naming the thing he meant to talk about, the skald put two other nouns together to describe the object, making a kenning. For example, a farmer is a guardian of the spade. A ship is a whale rider. The skald is the tale-bearer.
The skald might say something like this: You are a true falcon, frost-ruler. Every prince is much worse than you are.
Questions from Mrs. Gill's Fourth Grade Class:
Have you ever written poetry?
I have, and I love writing it. Here's a poem I wrote.
An ocean of travelers
sprawl across islands of baggage
like scurvy-ridden sailors
adrift on a windless sea.
A disembodied voice
announces another numbered flight
that will not reach home.
I close my eyes
and wish I were nine,
lying in the back seat
where I watched
the slow strobe
pressure on my side
as the car
Today's Question: What city sent a messages to an explorer in outer space?
Monday, I'll be talking about how I landed the contract for this book before writing it. Enjoy your weekend.