|Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures|
|Published by:||UK: Secker & Warburg US: Overlook|
|Preceded by||Ensel and Krete|
|followed by:||The City of Dreaming Books|
Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures is a fantasy novel, written and comically illustrated by German author Walter Moers.
The story follows the progress of a young Wolperting (a dog-like creature) named Rumo, as he travels through the land of Zamonia and learns the perils and perks of the world and people. When an entire city of Wolpertings called Wolperting, where civilized Wolpertings go to live, socialize, and even play chess goes missing it is up to Rumo to save the day and his true love, Rala. Rala is captured by General Ticktock and tortured to learn more about death.
The novel takes place on the fictional continent of Zamonia, which is also featured in Moers' previous effort The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear. While Rumo is not a prequel to Bluebear the two do have many parallel events, and returning characters such as Volzotan Smyke and Professor Nightingale.
We follow the title character "Rumo" from his being raised as a puppy by a kindly breed of creatures named Hackonian Dwarves. Rumo can visualize his smells as colored threads- and there's a thread that's constantly hanging above him- a silver thread. He doesn't know why, but he knows he must follow it. Unfortunately, all of the Hackonian Dwarves and Rumo are kidnapped by the Demonocles, a breed of giant Demons that delight in eating living things alive. While in the Demonocles' prison, Rumo meets and is befriended by the Shark Grub Volzotan Smyke, a prominent character in Bluebear. Smyke teaches him how to speak, and watches as he grows into a Wolperting - a strong canine creature with small horns and high intelligence... usually. They eventually devise a plan to escape the Demonocles' clutches, which is successful. Rumo and Smyke have some adventures together, but eventually they decide to go their separate ways, since Smyke wants to find civilization, and Rumo wants to follow the mysterious silver thread, which he somehow sees whenever he closes his eyes and concentrates. After some stumbling around, Rumo follows the silver thread to a city called Wolperting, full of Wolpertingers just like him. Rumo finds the source of the silver thread- a beautiful girl Wolperting named Rala. After discovering what a girl was from his "assigned municipal friend" Urs, he fell in love with her. One day Rumo arrives in Wolperting, back from a trip making a present for Rala, only to find the entire city is deserted. The only clue is a huge hole in the ground where the mysterious Black Dome once was, which as it turns out, leads to the underground world of the Netherworld, leading to the kingdom of Hel. Rumo must rescue Rala and the residents of Wolperting from the clutches of General Tick-Tock, leader of the Copper Killers, and the most insane ruler of Hel, Gornab the 99th, a dwarf who is a sickly, insane and truly frightening ruler who mixes the letters in words. Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures is the third book in the series yet only the second to be translated to english. The original book was released in 2003 & the translation was released in 2004.