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They launched their boats and explored the countryside, finding huge flat stones there, many of them twelve cells across. (emphases supplied) Thus a contradiction between the two versions.But then again, if such encounters resulted in Islands being named after a single bear (or bears in the plural) there would surely have been a requirement to differentiate between the two.As far as Helluland is concerned, however, this "land" seems to have been noteworthy for large flat rocks and little else.That might well be so in the case of Baffin Island and the Helulland known for its white foxes, etc., but in the present western treatment it would be natural enough to proceed eastwards from Kodiak Island and then swing south down the coast, hoping to come across a place that might meet this fundamental requirement.A trivial matter, one might say, but not necessarily, especially since the second also involves Markland.But in any event, it seems that the first place mentioned in the Sagas en route to Helluland from the Western Settlement was called "Bear Isles", at least according to Eirik the Red's Saga: They then sailed away for the Western Settlement and for Bjarneyjar, Bear Isles.They had that same ship in which Thorbjorn had come to Greenland.
[H: and changed their course from south to south-east] and then they saw a land ahead with large forests and many animals.
That winter there was much discussion at Brattahlid [H : about searching for Vinland the Good, and it was said that it was a profitable country to visit].
They played draughts, told stories, and occupied themselves with other activities to pass the time.
Oxford, Oxford University Press, London 1964)They set sail for the Western Settlement and from there to Bjarney, Bear Isle.
From there they sailed south for two days and then sighted land. Then they sailed onwards for two days and changed course from south to south-east, and found a land heavily forested, with many wild animals. They killed a bear on it, so called the island Bjarney, Bear Island, and the land Markland.
Whether the Eastern Settlement lies in the Ungava Bay region or much further south remains debatable, as, no doubt, does a presumed location for a Middle Settlement somewhere in the Central Arctic (perhaps around Cambridge Bay).