Valsgärde is the northernmost of the Vinland towns, a stronghold of the Scylding tribe. Originally it was but an isolated farmstead of the Leidang family and known as Fyrisgärde. Soon other settlers arrived and the town’s population swelled, due to the bountiful hunting and trapping grounds in the northern hills.
The Scyldings won a major battle against the skraelings at Fyrisgärde, turning the tide of the Skraeling War. Blood choked the Fyriselv, and from that time on the Scylding town was known as Valsgärde, the Garden of the Dead. Even today one can’t walk far into the fields without stumbling across a broken sword, old arrowheads, or a rusting mail hauberk.