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The journey of gentle giants


"Is it true," asked Edward, "that there is no place in the world on the non-living cats?" "Yes," answers Miezka, "all over the world live cats, except far to the south, where the nights last for many full moons, which is eternal snow and it is bitterly cold." "But everywhere else in the world? Have people always taken on their trips, even across the ocean, like Don Pielnarriz?" "Yes, but the first cat came much earlier in the New World.'s Why listen to me, I'll tell this story."

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The journey of gentle giants - chapter one - Leif part 1

In the morning the storm broke. Wind whipped the waves and the clouds were getting darker. A hurricane moved on. In haste, the people had previously drawn in the evening the dragon to the country and they moored firmly, the slender boats would otherwise be shattered on the rocks.
BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari had retreated to the residential building, in the barn with the cows the wind whistled through the cracks too. Now they were all sitting close to the warm fire. Before some days Bjarni Herjolfson had come and there was much to talk about. Bjarni was a merchant and lived a day's journey away in the next village. Some years ago he had settled here. He could not return to his village, while the storm lasted. Now all sat near the fire and Bjarni told of his experiences. He told Many old story of King Olav Tryggvason of Norway, of heroic battles and their voyages on the high seas.
BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari did not understand everything they told so and began to preen .
His fur was in a terrible state , at least for its terms .
After a while he was ready and began a little sleep on.
Until Geyfa came . She rubbed herself against him , lay down and began to purr .
Outside , the storm began to rage only correct and all were glad that there was no compelling reason to go outside .
While it was always rough in this country, the people in their language Greenland, "Green Country " , called , but on the island from which they had come a few years ago , it was also not have been much better , so they had visited this island called " land of Ice " in their language, Iceland .
Storms , there were more , but this time it was particularly bad , another reason to stay in the house.
Now BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari did not understand everything that people told , but something he understood.
Especially the stories of sailors . He was himself often with Leif on the high seas and the water and the waves it did not matter.
Leif was the leader in the settlement , which was called Brattahlid . He was the son of Erik Thorwaldson , called " Erik the Red " , so was his full name Leif Erikson . They all sat around the fire , Leif , Tyrkir and Thjodhild , Leif's wife.
And of course, Bjarni , who did not stop to talk. Eagerly listened to all of his saga.
BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari was getting sleepy.
However, with a time BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari was noisy and pricked up his ears .
For Bjarni told how they had a few years ago on the way back from Iceland to Greenland lost at sea, the orientation and were driven off to the west. Then , after a few days they had seen there in the West Country .
A rocky coast and up a huge forest. Gone ashore they were not , the sea was too rough . Leif became very excited when he heard that, because the forest was not it here . All they needed to Wood had , over managed over the sea from Norway. Now all talked in disorder and BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari knew not exactly which were actually the matter. It crawled away itself into a corner and fell asleep there. Later the storm whipped three days still the sea, although it was no longer as strong as at the beginning. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari saw Leif going ever more frequently thoughtfully through the settlement. Something employed it. The tomcat painted to it around the legs, but it hardly got attention. Normally the Vikings were friendly to their cats, although they were sometimes quite disputatious among themselves. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari had experienced that they had rendered homage to in former times different Gods. He did not know, what a God was, but it had experienced that cats had been with one of the old goddesses, yes that they would have pulled even their chariot into the battle. Therefore all Vikings respected still the cats and hunted or killed them not. Like BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari many went along on the travel, if the dragon boats ran out. The tomcat was insulting nearly, because Leif worried no longer in such a way about it as some days ago. Often Leif sat together also with Tyrkir and conferred with it. Geyfa had once eavesdropped it, but she did not have understood about which her talked. With the time BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari found out that it concerned a travel and was not something with Leif's dragon like that, as it should be. Some days later, the weather was now again better, observed BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari Leif and Bjarni with a rather loud conversation. He understood some about the human being language, but which it concerned with the two, he could not find out. Then Leif Bjarni gave some these round glitter things and her said good-bye with a handshake. From the day on Leif was as replaced, it worried the tomcat, even more affectionately than before.
It was summer and even the nights remained bright now. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa followed the men often to the sea and got sometimes them also a fish or a piece seal meat. Humans brought barrels with dried meat and water to the ships. Also weapons and many other things belonged to. But BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari was surprised, because they loaded the things not into Leif's dragon, but into a larger and broader boat. That was nevertheless Bjarni's ship! But as it, belonged it looked to Leif now. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari knew, soon it again in lake would sting and Leif it forward would carry. More and more things loaded on the ship, many more than otherwise. It was summer and nights gave it in this season nearly none more. After days the excitement had put and to Leif, Tyrkir and some other men went on board. Leif had gotten BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and to its astonishment also to Geyfa from its sod house and had brought it on the ship.
The midsummer with its 'endless days' was and it became again for a little while night, when they stung in lake. The weather had calmed and BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa down was most time under the rudder banks, because the ship was like the dragon boats and everything was suspended the wind and the water. The wind stood favorably, so that they hardly had row. Only if the wave course were too strong, they rowed. All helped then, also Leif. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa did not constitute that anything, also the water shrank from it not so much. The two cats had often been with on the high seas. Three days fought itself the Viking ship by the waves. Often the men had to scoop water, if again crushers struck over the low plate.
BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari was completely soaked and Geyfa went it not better. It was with difficulty, nearly impossible, to get the water from the close and long skin. It gave only dried fish and seal meat, because on the small ship they did not have two rats on the first day hunted and also gotten and otherwise already gave it on board. Several times they saw icebergs, which broke now in the summer of the glaciers and began their migration over the sea. But the Vikings were very good sailors, then it came to no accident. On the fourth day the sea was calm, it lay there like a quiet lake. Also the wind had diminished and was hardly more than a light prize. Finally the tomcat and the cat were added to clean itself extensively. Now the men all sat on the banks and rowed. Toward end of the day fog arose and became ever closer.
The night was completely dark, the fog swallowed all starlight. Who did not sleep, sat on the rudder banks and tried the course to hold. But sometime it did not go any longer and all slept. The tomcat climbed on the railing and stared into the darkness. Despite its sensitive eyes and ears nothing was to be seen or heard except the easy to burble the water at the plate. The morning came and became slow it more brightly. Again they continued to row. Leif conversed quietly with Tyrkir, all different was silent. They had no idea whether the course were still correct, because the sun was not to see and the light came from all sides. Geyfa had rolled up itself with the supply barrels and BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari sat close with the nose in close proximity to Leif. The tomcat looked again and again over the port railing, as if would be there something that humans could not recognize. Cats have a very good sense of direction and BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari knew, if they were maintained this direction, then it in the polar sea would turn out. And it knew also that port was something there. He did not know, what it was and it was very far away, but something was there. Now also Geyfa to it and the two cats came stared over the railing. Leif had conversed by then with Tyrkir looked only briefly to them, then to Tyrkir, then the two cats. Suddenly he jumped up and shouted the attendant somewhat. Excitement came among the men, the attendant pressed violently at the rudder during to starboard rowers powerfully in things put. Slowly the ship turned after port. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa noticed that what they felt, shifted slowly and the nose of the ship showed exactly now to it. Again Leif the attendant shouted somewhat and all rowed like crazy. They rowed in such a way throughout the day in the fog. Against evening the wave course again larger and had withdrawn itself the cats again to the supply barrels. And in the night Geyfa sometime saw a bright point highly over itself. A star! The fog began itself to clear. Humans did not see it, because none looked upward. In run the night showed up more and more stars and also the wind became stronger. The rowers could rest themselves now. As it dawned the fog had disappeared. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari was again in front at the nose, where also Leif stood. That could determine again the direction now.
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The journey of gentle giants - chapter one - Leif part 2

It bent itself to BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari, main header it highly, shows it the crew and shouted them somewhat, what did not understand BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari. Anyhow got it and Geyfa on this day an extra portion seal meat.
On this day and at the following night they did not need to row, because the wind refurbished more and more and it came from the right direction. Leif stood still at the nose and looked tensely forward. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari was beside it, with the front paws on the railing and looked into the same direction. After some time Geyfa associated with them. Against noon the tomcat believed to recognize something by the horizon. Leif had also seen it. And they drove directly on it too. That was a coast, still far away, but clearly a coast. All pushed to also see now to the nose and wanted it, until Leif spoke a call to order. Then again peace came. Still the evening ago they reached the coast, but were impossible, too rocky the coast and enormous crushers land struck against the rock. The ship swung precariously. One could see the fact that those above were flat rock and extended so far the eye was enough.
But since they could not land, they turned and drove at this coast along to the south, in order to find a suitable landing place. One day and up to the midday of the next and rowed they sailed. Finally a somewhat flatter coast region came into view. There were also here rock, but between them again and again small gravel beaches. For so a beach they headed. Crunching the flat ship a little pushed itself onto gravel and was then stopped. With BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari on the arm Leif jumped over the plate, followed from Tyrkir, which held Geyfa. Thus Leif and its Vikings reached the country, which it called in its language Helluland, 'rock country'.
BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari had jumped from Leif's arm into gravel and began here and there to roam. After short time Geyfa followed it. But except rock and gravel there was here nothing, then they returned soon to humans. The ignited against evening at the beach a small fire and sat around therefore. It warmed not much, because they had to be very economical with the wood, in addition much had become wet and did not burn not correctly. Until into the night they sat late there and talked. The two cats crept again and again away, because they believed something seen or to have heard, but it turned out that only the wind and the water had been. The next morning was grey, but not stormy. They pushed the ship together again into the surf and entered.
And the trip continued to go along, always at the coast. Days around days passed against those it the coast along sailed. The weather was better, but the wind did not stand always favorably, so that they had to often catch up and row the sail. For BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa were monotonous days. The landscape slowly only changed. Helluland lay now already some day's journeys behind them, when they saw on the rock individual crippled trees. The further they drove at the coast along, all the more it became. Finally those stopped completely rock and the country were covered from an enormous forest. It had become also warmer, not much, but nevertheless warmer. They found a suitable landing place finite. This time it was a sandy beach. And again Leif with BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari went as the first ashore.
This country called Leif Markland, which meant woodland. And this time they remained longer. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa admired the high trees, something like that them had not ever seen. One could sharpen the claws at the crust and also climb up. Smaller animals there were here, which had not also ever seen her. The two cats began to hunt and made rich booty. Also Leif and its men went filling up on the hunt around the supplies. The days were exciting and it gave much to discover. The Vikings had smaller accommodation built in those it sat together in the evening and conferred. Always there warming fire was, because wood gave it now here enough. And the booty brought alternation into its menu, which also the two cats estimated much. Some days remained them there in this woodland, then Leif and Tyrkir pushed to the departure. Provisions and fresh water were on board brought, then they put down and drove to the far coast along to the south.
The coast and the forest did not become ever flatter took an end. Twice they landed on flat beaches, but love them only briefly. Then the country fell back, although they held still the same course. The water somehow smelled now differently, the cats occurred it like the drinking water, which they carried. Later the smell diminished and the salty sea smell was appropriate for re in air. After a half day again country before them emerged and it headed exact for it. It was flat and it could only few trees discover. When they came more near, they saw grass-covered hills and behind it again the forest. Tyrkir talked completely excited with Leif, which called then a sharp instruction. The sail was caught up and the rowers lifted themselves against the current. There was beach, but it stretched endlessly in both directions. It was not very broad and behind it began the grass country. Like before Leif with BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari went as the first ashore. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari noticed very well that Leif was very content and happy, it had a feeling for it. Then it set BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari off. In the meantime also Tyrkir with Geyfa and the other one from board had gone. There they stood and looked around. So much grass! And to the forest it was not far. Here to live, everything that they needed, would be good was to be found, here differently than in Greenland. Therefore Leif Erikson called Vinland, which meant pastureland this country. The two cats explored the area extensively and penetrated even up to the forest. That was different than the forest in Markland. There it had given only high trees with needles, but here many trees had sheets and branches unloading far.
Geyfa made itself one joke to climb up a piece at the crust. Suddenly it shortened. There was an animal, as it had not ever seen. It had small rodents in Markland become acquainted, also rats and mice could do it. But which squatted there on the hind feet on a branch, you were completely unknown. Like a very large brown rat it looked, only with an enormous bushy tail and rolling eyes. It stared the cat on and did not know obviously also, what should think it of it. It had not seen and made probably ever a cat up to now no institutes the escape. From short distance Geyfa observed the strange animal. It one succumbed to be able, so largely was not it now also again. Nervously their tail twitched back and forth. Soon it had enough and went into attack position.
With an enormous sentence it jumped forward. But before it reached the animal, this had climbed up with a speed at the trunk, which astonished Geyfa accurately. It ran on a higher branch up to its end and jumped then with a powerful sentence to the next tree, whereby it used its tail like a control fin in air. From safe distance it observe to the cat over there. Then it ran perpendicularly at the trunk and thereafter in the close sheets had briefly disappeared. Geyfa looked still another one while on the place at that the tree animal had disappeared, then she jumped the ground. There were strange things in this country. In the night it returned only in the middle the beach.
In the meantime Leif's had men of trees pleases and with it begun houses to establish. Naturally it would last some time to these was finished, but all helped. Also BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari was roam and rat-large animals had discovered, brown with black strips on the back and a stub tail. It had even hunted one. Anyhow they would starve here in no case. Also fresh water gave it enough. In the next days the houses grew up and soon would be finished. They were from timber beams and the Vikings covered them with grass odes. Three were it, a correct small settlement. And it got a name: Leifsbouir, which meant 'Leif's huts'.
The days passed and the Vikings and also the cats explored the environment. It was completely different than in nevertheless rather meager Greenland. Often BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari with Geyfa touched by the grass or the forest. In the evening, before they began their night excursions, they often sat with Leif and its men at the fire in one of the houses, which were built now. Usually they were successful with the hunt, so that they needed hardly some more from the Vikings. But always alone they might not have been. Thus they remained with humans in Leifsbouir. But the days became now soon the winter would ever more briefly and come. The winter came with power, snowstorms whips over the country and all this was covered from a wise layer. It became bitter, but not as cold as in Greenland.
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They did not suffer emergency, because wood gave it enough and in the forest a quantity of animals, which could hunt it. All, also the two cats, were used to and so to cold weather could them on it furnish itself. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa pulled it again and again in the free. On one of these night excursions BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari discovered a strange trace in the snow. It sniffed to it, but differently than dogs he did not want to follow the trace. Small rodents were become rare in this weather, but it continued to creep by the forest in the search for booty. Then he saw it. Something like that was unknown to it. That was nevertheless… a cat! Completely clearly a cat! And which for a cat! Much more largely than it and it were already rather large. The strange cat was grey, had the size of a dog, only a short stub tail and enormous ear bundles. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari had also ear bundles, but those the strange cat were enormous. It had made obviously booty, a rabbit or a hare, from which there were here many. Now the giant cat dragged its booty away. The giant cat let its booty sudden fall and looked around carefully. She had probably somewhat heard or had suspected. She looked exactly in BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari's direction, which into the snow ducked itself, so well it went. She must have seen it! Motionlessy the two cats stared themselves on. Suddenly at the strange cat its booty snatched and trotted by the snow of it, BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari no longer considering. That was completely in disorder. There were cats here, giant cats! Also it did not know to interpret the behavior. The strange cat must have seen it, nevertheless it had been completely uninterested. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari would however also not have gotten involved in a fight, but its opponent would have been simply too large. And it was probably like that, which it neither when danger nor as booty had been classified. In the following time they saw many traces in the snow and also more frequently to this strange cat. But to face they did not get these back. The winter was different than in Greenland. It was cold, but not as coldly as there and there were also no 'endless nights'. The days became shorter, but they were missing never completely. And they became finite also again longer. Many full moons had passed, when the snow began to melt. The men discussed themselves and Leif fired at to sail back to Greenland in order to be still before the midsummer there. On the one hand BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa that navigation was, were pleased on the other hand one it would gladly have stayed here. The day came, on which they began, the ship to load, with skins of hunted animals, fruits, in addition, wood. One morning, it had become already rather warmly, went it on board.
The sea was roughly and the ship lay heavily in the water. The men fought hard at the rudders against the swell, before they could set far enough from the country the sail. BlĂI LOVE CATS!Ă°fari and Geyfa were with the attendant at the tail and looked on the country. They would be already gladly here remained in this country, but they wanted to remain with humans and not leave them. Ever the wind continued to drive out the ship on the open sea, until Leif gave the instruction to set the course toward Greenland. Behind them Vinland on the horizon disappeared. But Leif, its Vikings and also the two cats knew one: They would come back.
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