19B. The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman

Sinbad travels again and is abandoned on an island. Here he finds a Rukh’s nest and travels by one to the Valley of Snakes. He finds out the valley has loads of diamonds.  He escapes by covering himself with a carcass. An eagle takes him and he is found by a merchant. He goes with the merchant to an island of camphor and where the Rhinoceros lives. They move to Bassorah-city and then to Baghdad with a great store of diamonds.

Sinbad craves to travel again. He goes on a ship and one day they come to an island. Here he is abandoned by the crew of the ship. He searches the island but cannot find anyone or anything. Then he climbs a tree a sees a white dome rising high in the air. He finds out it contains a Rukh‘s nest. The birds feeds elephants to its young and Sinbad hopes by fastening himself to the legs of the Rukh with his turband it will bring him to a civilized place.

When the Rukh descends Sinbad loosens his turband and the Rukh disappears with a gigantic snake. He is on a peak of a mountainous area with no tree and he wishes he was back on the island. Sinbad discovers there are many snakes which hide during the day, but swarm the place at night. He climbs over mountains and reache a cave. In the cave there is a hugo spider on a nest. He then sees a carcass falling down. At first he wonders at this sight, but remembers a tale in which merchants throw sheep skin down the mountain side to catch diamonds. The carcass will be taken by eagles upon which the merchants scare away the eagles and take the diamonds. So Sinbad covers one over himself and is taken by an eagle. A merchant finds him and Sinbad relates his story. The merchant is amazed and when they reach the other merchants Sinbad gives him some diamonds.

Sinbad with the merchants comes to an island where there are many camphor trees, and also a place where resides the Rhinoceros, which can carry off a great elephant with its horn and graze about the island without noticing it on its horn. And a Rukh can take a Rhinoceros with an elephant to its young. The group comes to Bassorah-city he continues to Baghdad with a great store of diamonds and goods.

The Porter is again asked to come the next day and receives a hundred gold coins.

A. The First Voyage of Sinbad Hight the Seaman
C. The Third Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
D. The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
E. The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
F. The Sixth Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman
G. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the Seaman

From: The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night — Volume 06

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