Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America

David M. Krueger


What do our myths say approximately us? Why will we decide to think tales which were disproven? David M. Krueger takes an in-depth examine a legend that held great energy in a single nook of Minnesota, assisting to outline either a community’s and a state’s id for decades.

In 1898, a Swedish immigrant farmer claimed to have came across a wide rock with writing carved into its floor in a box close to Kensington, Minnesota. The writing informed a North American foundation tale, predating Christopher Columbus’s exploration, during which Viking missionaries reached what's now Minnesota in 1362 merely to be massacred by way of Indians. The tale’s credibility used to be speedy challenged and finally undermined by way of specialists, however the fable took hold.

Faith within the authenticity of the Kensington Rune Stone was once a very important a part of the neighborhood Nordic id. authorised and proclaimed as fact, the tale of the Rune Stone recast local americans as villains. The group used the account because the foundation for civic celebrations for years, and advocates for the stone proceed to advertise its validity regardless of the overpowering facts that it was once a hoax. Krueger places this obdurate conviction in context and exhibits how self belief within the legitimacy of the stone has deep implications for a large choice of Minnesotans who embraced it, together with Scandinavian immigrants, Catholics, small-town boosters, and those that wanted to commemorate the white settlers who died within the Dakota conflict of 1862.

Krueger demonstrates how the resilient trust within the Rune Stone is a kind of civil faith, with features that defy common sense yet illustrate how groups symbolize themselves. He unearths anything targeted approximately America’s preoccupation with divine correct and its means of coming to phrases with the background of the continent’s first citizens. through contemplating who's integrated, who's disregarded, and the way heroes and villains are created within the tales we inform in regards to the previous, Myths of the Rune Stone deals an enlightening viewpoint on not only Minnesota however the usa as well.

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