Erik Thorvaldsson, known as Erik the Red, is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition indicates that he was born in the Jæren district of Rogaland, Norway, as the son of Thorvald Asvaldsson. The appellation "the Red" most likely refers to his hair color.
The saga of Erik the Red was written down between 1387 - 1394. This is what it looks like -- The Flateyjarbók (The Flatley Book). It tells an incredible story of the first Viking settlers in North America, including that of Freydis Eiriksdottir, the female Viking warrior, leader and colonist.
Erik the Red gave Greenland its name over 1,000 years ago and ushered in the country’s Viking era. It is said that he was a particularly hot-headed fellow who, after being exiled from first Norway and later Iceland, finally settled in Greenland. Erik the Red married Tjodhilde, but history now repeated itself and his father's fate also befell Erik. In 982 he was sentenced to exile from Iceland for three years for murder...
Viking Voyages Erik the Red (ca 985) and Leif Erikkson (ca 1000). In 1965, archaeologists at L'Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland discovered artifacts from the Norse settlement of Vinland, existing 500 years prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus.