Translator: Ji-yeon Lee, Joon-young Choi
Hardcover | 252 pages | 218*158mm
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About This Book
The Tombs of Atuan is the second of a series of books written by Ursula K. Le Guin and set in her fantasy archipelago of Earthsea. It follows on from A Wizard of Earthsea and is continued in The Farthest Shore. The Tombs of Atuan was a Newberry Award Honor Book in 1972.
The story centers on a Kargish child who is taken from her family and dedicated as the high priestess in the service of the "Nameless Ones". Her true name is Tenar, but she gives up her name and identity to become Arha, "the eaten one", as all the high priestesses have done before her. Tenar is considered the reincarnation of Arha because she was born on the night the previous Arha died.
Tenar's youth is a haunting contrast between light-hearted childish escapades and dark, solemn rituals. Gradually she comes to accept her lonely, anonymous role, and to feel at home in the unlit underground labyrinth, the eponymous Tombs, where the Nameless Ones dwell. Indeed, as she becomes aware of the political machinations among the older priestesses, the Tombs become a refuge to her.
Ged, the protagonist of A Wizard of Earthsea, enters the story only as Tenar is coming of age. Tenar catches him attempting to rob the Tombs. To punish his sacrilege she traps him underground to die of thirst. Yet as he is dying, in her loneliness she listens to him. He patiently explains to her of a wider world, and intimates that she might lead a different life.
Tenar is eventually won over by Ged's kindness and patient instruction. She realizes that the Nameless Ones demand service but give nothing and create nothing. She trusts Ged's story that he is indifferent to the overflowing coffers of gold in the Tombs, and has come only to find the missing half of the Ring of Erreth-Akbe, an heirloom necessary for peace in Earthsea. Finally she helps him escape from the Tombs with the ring, as he helps her escape from the priesthood.
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