"Scylla and Charybdis"

A reference to The Odyssey by Homer.

On his homecoming, Odysseus (in Latin, Ulysses: see further pages 152 and 156 of Riding the Ice Wind) had to sail his ship through a narrow channel between a whirlpool called Charybdis that would swallow his ship whole and a cliff on which lurked a many-tentacled monster called Scylla. The meaning is the same as ‘between a rock and a hard place’ and, again, is used to bring an element of fantasy and myth to the other-worldly landscape of Antarctica and cast the crossing in the mould of an Epic poem.


The Odyssey on Book Drum