Thorstein Eiriksson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Thorsteinn or Þorsteinn.

Thorstein Eiriksson (Old Norse: Þōrsteinn Eirīkssonr) was the third and youngest son of Eiríkr the Red and brother of Leif Ericson.

Practically nothing is known about Thorstein's life. According to Brattahlíð lore,[citation needed] Thorvald, the brother of Leif and Thorstein, set sail in Eric's footsteps to further explore Vinland, an area of North America. The natives, called Skraelings (Old Norse: Skrælingar) by the Norse, attacked Thorvald and his men. Thorvald received a fatal wound and was buried in Vinland. His crew returned to Greenland.[citation needed]

Thorsteinn subsequently set sail for Vinland to retrieve his brother's body, along with his wife Guthrith (Gudrida).[citation needed] However, his expedition got lost and never reached Vinland, and returned to Greenland. At the close of the first week of winter they landed at Lysufiord, where Thorstein fell ill and died. In the spring, Gudrida returned to Ericsfiord.