Vikings & Bigfoot
Were Vikings the First Europeans to See Bigfoot?
We explore the myth that Leif Erickson ran into Bigfoot creatures when exploring
Newfoundland. Is there any truth to this claim by Sasquatch investigators?
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In Bigfoot lore, we have heard claims that the first Bigfoot sighting in
North America by Europeans occurred around 1000 AD (or some
say 986 CE) by Leif Erickson in Canada's New Foundland,
especially the Northern Penninsula. But did the son of famed Viking,
Erik the Red, really see and describe Bigfoot? Some would claim
that he did because journals from his voyage mention seeing large,
very tall, hairy men. (And, of course, this would be very odd for
Viking men who are known to be large and hairy, themselves.) So,
we dug deep into the Norse legend, and found that Vikings and
Bigfoot truly don't mix.
The Sagas of Vikings: Finding Bigfoot
When digging into what some claim to be "little known, historical fact," we have found that it
seems some liberties were taken with Viking records (or at least books about Viking
sagas) to be able to make the claim that Bigfoot was seen in North America 1000 plus
years ago by Europeans. There were actually two Norse sagas (The Greenlanders' Saga,
Saga of Erick the Red) that mention Leif Erickson's voyage, and neither of them mention
Bigfoot. In fact, finding fish and grapes are the primary discoveries noted in the accounts of
Leif's adventure to New Foundland. No Viking discovery of Bigfoot was mentioned at all.
We should also note that these Vikings were really not Vikings, either, as they were not
raiding parties. They were Norsemen.
Where Did the Idea of Bigfoot and Viking Originate?
It's very possible that Bigfoot researchers and authors stumbled upon a book by Samuel
Eliot Morison, entitled, The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages, A.D.
500-1600. In this book, the two sagas are referenced and intertwined, and Morison makes
some awkward descriptions of Native Americans that seem to have been misinterpreted,
or at least mistranslated, into being accounts of Bigfoot. Morison didn't mention Sasquatch
or Bigfoot, but translated the original Norse language, used to describe the natives, into
this English description: "horribly ugly, hairy, swarthy, with great black eyes." This phrase
would later be extrapolated by Bigfoot researchers, focusing on the word "hairy," into hairy,
scary creatures (Bigfoot) as a second set of natives living with American Indians. However,
the Norse phrase loosely-interpreted by Morison should have been rendered something
like, dark(er) men, ill-looking, with bad hair on their heads.
Now, you know the rest of the short story about Bigfoot and the claim that Leif Erickson was
the first European to see Sasquatch in North America. It simply did not happen. So, it pays
to look closer to claims coming from television Bigfoot shows. It's just fun TV, but that
doesn't make such claims fact.