Eaters of the Dead: The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan - Chapter Thirteen, The Thunder Caves Summary & Analysis

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Chapter Thirteen, The Thunder Caves Summary

Early the next morning, the warrior band departs for the thunder caves. They follow the coastline and Ibn Fadlan observes that in many places the sea and the rocks meet abruptly, resulting in a thundering sound. Ibn Fadlan rides up next to Herger and asks about the plan for the day. Herger replies they will attack the mother of the wendol in her cave and they will do so from the sea. Ibn Fadlan looks over the cliff edge and then asks if they will attack by boat. Herger says they cannot enter the caves by boat but must instead scale down the cliffs from above. Ibn Fadlan is immediately filled with intense fear at the prospect of climbing down the cliff face. He tells Herger he will not accompany the party over the cliff. Herger says if Ibn...

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