Sagas were created around the 11th century in the Icelandic region. The vikings used sagas to record their history, folklore, and fictions. Some sagas are filled with legends while others contain stories about the travels of vikings such as Leif Eriksson. “The Sagas of the Greenlanders” and the “Erik the Red’s Saga,” written around 986 C.E., both tell the story of the voyage of Eriksson (and others) to Vinland, otherwise known as the northern part of North America near Newfoundland. Each saga has it’s own version of the voyage
Not all sagas discussed true historical events. Legends and historical fiction were also recorded in sagas that give a great insight to Norse culture. Stories can be about heroic battles, family life and traditions, and Norse legends. Writings of tribal wars and voyages are written as stories to entertain the reader. This shows the enduring importance of storytelling…even if it is not spoken.
The creation of these written works showed a movement away from storytelling as a new way to spread news and culture. While storytelling will never truly fade out of sociey it has been pushed to the side as written news takes up th limelight.