How did Greenland get its name?

Since the greater part of Greenland, the largest island in the world, is covered with ice and snow Wiu’teland would have been a more appropriate name for that island continent. According to a Scandinavian saga, in 985 A.D. Eric the Red named it Greenland to induce colonists from Iceland to settle in the new country. Evidently this bit of realestate advertising was effective, for the old Scandinavian navigator had no difficulty in getting followers when he made his next voyage. But perhaps Eric the Red first saw Greenland in midsummer, when the western coast is free of ice and covered with Arctic vegetation. Since the ice-covered plateau of the interior was not visible, he may have concluded that the entire island was fertile.