Eaters Of The Dead
"Eaters of the Dead" by Michael Crichton is a fiction but with historical
background. Through this piece Crichton hopes to express the way of life for the

Vikings in the year 922 AD while at the same time creating an entertaining
story. Using a manuscript written by Ibn-Fadlan Crichton pieced together a book
filled with adventure and excitement. Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, 1942
and always knew he had a talent for writing. He attended Brown University and
has since published many books such as "Jurassic Park", "The Rising

Sun", "Disclosure", and many more. Several of his books have been made
into movies, for example, "Jurassic Park", "The Lost World",

"Sphere", "Congo", and "Eaters of the Dead" is coming to theatres
this summer starring Antonio Banderas. Michael Crichton is also the writer of
the hit TV show "ER". Ibn-Fadlan is a refined Arab courtier representing the
powerful Caliph of Baghdad and the whole story line is based on his travels. He
is a Muslim and is sent to the Bulgar land to instruct the king in the Islamic
religion, acquaint the king with Islamic laws, and build a Mosque in the city.

Little does Ibn-Fadlan know where his travels will lead him. Wyglif is the
present chief of the Northmen (at the time) he has fallen ill and is believed to
have no chance of recovery. Once he dies, shortly after becoming ill, Buliwyf is
made the new leader. Buliwyf is a young noble chosen to be the Northmens new
leader once Wyglif dies. He is a courageous warrior, very tall and strong, and
skin, hair, and beard of pure white. Herger, one of the Northmen warriors, also
became Ibn-Fadlanís friend. He helped him to translate the words of the

Northmen and also helped Ibn-Fadlan become accustomed to their way of life and
how to act around the Northmen. "The Wendols" are characters in the story
who, as told by Ibn-Fadlan, do not seem fully human. They ride on the back of a
black horse and have the head of a bear. They are extremely fierce warriors and
are quite vindictive. They give off a stench so strong it hurts to breathe
because they consume human flesh and it is always on their breath. They come
with the mist, a dark fog that encircles the land when the Wendols come. Mother

Wendol is the leader of the wendols and said to be extremely old. To finally
beat the Wendols, one must kill her. She lives in the cave by the sea surrounded
by coiled serpents all the time. She makes an almost painful sound when she
screams and smells the worst of them all. Ibn-Fadlan is an Ambassador to the

Caliph of Baghdad and has been sent to teach the King of Bulgar the Islamic way
of life, and to build a Mosque in the city. On his way to Bulgar, he stops with
his party in the land of the Northmen. Being extremely hospitable people they
welcome the Arabs to their homes and provide them with food, clothing, and
shelter for a few nights. As it so happens, their chief is very ill and while
they are there, he dies. The Northmen will not let the Arabs leave their land
until after the funeral and ceremonies. During this long process, kin of the new
leader arrives and asks for the Northmens help in defeating the Wendols.

According to the Angel of Death, an old woman said to have magical powers,
thirteen warriors must go to the land of the wendol, one of them not being a

Northmen. Buliwyf, the chief of the Northmen demands Ibn-Fadlan to accompany the
men in their battle and become the thirteenth warrior. He will not take no for
an answer, and so, Ibn-Fadlanís journey begins. Twelve other warriors
accompanied Ibn, Buliwyf, Ecthgow, Higlak, Skeld, Weath, Roneth, Halga, Helfdane,

Edgtho, Rethel, Haltaf, and Herger. With them, Ibn traveled across the oceans
and fought many battles. Ibn learned their culture, way of life, and their
language. He formed many friendships and gained a new perspective on life.

Though there were many difficult tasks to accomplish but Ibn managed well and
didnít realize what he was really in for. Warned many times about the wendols

Ibn shrugged it off. He didnít realize the severity of the situation he was
in. They fought the wendol several times, only killing off a few and pushing the
surviving wendol to want revenge. After being beaten badly, Buliwyf announced
their new plan, to attack the wendol at their core, Mother