Eaters of the Dead: The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan - Study Guide Chapter Six, The Encampment at Trelburg Summary & Analysis

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A few days after leaving Yatlam, the warriors arrive at Trelburg. Trelburg is not so much a town as it is a military camp. There are few women or children living at Trelburg and the village defenses are state of the art. Positioned on a point between two rivers, Trelburg is encircled by an earth wall topped by a wooden fence. The wall is surrounded by a deep moat. Inside the wall is another ditch and a second wall that one must navigate before entering the town itself. Four gates allow entrance to the town but each gate can be closed off during an attack by heavy oak doors. The town is made up of sixteen long wooden huts. The huts have only one low entrance and no entrance faces another. When Ibn Fadlan inquires about the...

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