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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 excitementMichael 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 ERIbn-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 himWyglif 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 leaderBuliwyf 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 whiteHerger one of the Northmen warriors also became Ibn-Fadlans 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 NorthmenThe Wendols are characters in the story who as told by Ibn-Fadlan do not seem fully human They ride on the
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