24212Re: [mythsoc] Re: Denethor and Abraham
- Apr 11, 2013The story of Ahmad ibn Fadlan was turned into the novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton and then into the movie The Thirteen Warrior. The plots of these two stories have him travel even further north and enter the story of Beowulf. It's Beowulf with the supernatural elements removed though.Wendell WagnerIn a message dated 4/10/2013 7:23:18 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, emptyD@... writes:
--- Troels Forchhammer <troelsfo@...> wrote:
> Digging through memory I seem to remember hearing
> about an Arab writing about a visit to Russia and
> describing a Viking funeral involving burning a
> ship, and also accompanying the dead chief with
> servants or family ...?
"Ahmad ibn Fadlan ... famous for his account of his travels as a member of an embassy of the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Volga Bulgars. His account is most known for providing a description of the Volga Vikings, including an eyewitness account of a ship burial."
That episode is summarized here:
It's a bit grisly.
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