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Ta-den - (The Pithecanthropus) a Ho-don

Lady Jane

Lieutenant Obergatz

Tarzan, Jad-guru-don, The Terrible Man

Om-at, Long Tail, a Waz-don, Kor-ul-ja chief

Ko-tan - king of the Ho-don

O-lo-a, daughter of Ko-tan, loved by Ta-den

Ja-don, Lion Man, Ta-den's father, Ja-lur chief

Es-sat - ruler of Kor-ul-ja before Om-at

Mo-sar - Short Nose, pretender to the throne of A-lur


Pal-ul-don - "Land of Men", hidden Zaire valley

Jad Pele ul Jad-ben-otho (Valley of the Great God) central valley of Pal-ul-don

Kor-ul-gryf - Gorge of Gryfs

Kor-ul-ja - Gorge of Lions

Kor-ul-lul - Gorge of Water

Jad-bal-lul - The Golden Water, lake of Pal-ul-don

Jad-ben-lul - The Great Water, central lake

Jad-in-lul - The Dark Water, lake where city of Tu-lur was built

Tu-lur - Bright City, ruled by Mo-sar

A-lur - City of Light, capital of the Ho-don

Bu-lur - Moon City, cliff village


Ho-don - White Man, dominant race of Pal-ul-don

Waz-don - Black Man, hairy, tailed race of Pal-ul-don

Waz-ho-don - mixed race of Pal-ul-don

Ja - spotted lion

Jato - striped lion

Gryf - descendant of the triceratops

Bara, the deer

Jad-ben-otho - The Great God, chief deity

Tarzan the Terrible

Summarized by
Bruce "Hadron" Salen

David A. Adams
David Bruce Bozarth,
Managing Editor


Tarzan the Terrible was first published as a seven-part serial in Argosy All-Story Weekly, February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26, 1921. The first book publication was by A.C. McClury & co., June 20, 1921. It was written in 1920, and sometimes considered to be his best Tarzan novel. Zeuschner comments, "This powerfully written seven-part serial reflected Burrough’s strongly negative attitude towards Germany as a result of World War I, and continues Tarzan’s battle against the Germans in Africa, beginning with the apparent murder of Jane in Tarzan the Untamed in 1919."


A mighty beast slinks silently through the moon-lit jungle. Ahead is its two-legged intended prey — human in all aspects save for prehensile great toes. As this creature looks cautiously about, Numa charges. For two long months, Tarzan of the Apes has been seeking his lost mate, kidnapped by the German soldiers who had destroyed his estate. He comes to a great, seemingly impassable morass. Despite great obstacles, including titanic reptiles — he crosses it. Tarzan finds himself in a land rich in game — abounding in animals unknown in his own jungle. He takes to the trees still not knowing where to seek his lost mate, or what to expect in this strange and savage land. Asleep in the crotch of a tree, Tarzan is awakened by an unusual sound. Fully alert, he sees a tailed white man, pursued by Numa in full charge. With drawn knife, he dives from his perch onto the lion’s back. The tailed one leaps with his club to Tarzan's aid, and together, they kill Numa. The stranger, seeing Tarzan's bleeding wound, dresses it with medicinal powder from his pouch. Tarzan tries several dialects in an effort to communicate with the man, but to no avail. The two share a meal of Bara, the deer, and as they travel, Tarzan learns the language of the pithecanthropus. The stranger is surprised to see that Tarzan is tailless by nature rather than by accident. The next morning a great hairy body leaps from the branches upon the pithecanthropus.


The attacker is another pithecanthropus whose is covered entirely by a natural coat of shaggy black hair. The newcomer knocks out Tarzan's companion with his knotted club. Tarzan jumps into the fray and is locked in mortal combat with a creature of almost superhuman strength. They battle ferociously, neither gaining any advantage over the other. As they fight, Tarzan sees a great saber-tooth cat nearing the body of his unconscious friend. His opponent, also, sees it. They stop fighting each other, and together, attack and kill the great beast. The two former antagonists now face each other. The hairy one makes a friendly salutation, which the Ape Man readily accepts. Ta-don, the hairless one, awakens. He and O-mat, the hairy one, make peace. Tarzan travels with them, the two pithecanthropi teaching him their language, and something of Pal-ul-don, as this land is called in their language. During an argument on religion, Tarzan bids them, "Let us be true to our oaths of friendship that we may be honorable in the sight of God in whatever form we may conceive him." They agree. O-mat leads them up Pastur-ul-ved — the Father of Mountains — proving his friendship with Tarzan and Ta-den.


In Kor-ul-ja — the Gorge of Lions — a series of caves dots the face of a treacherous cliff. Here dwells the tribe to which O-mat belongs — the tribe whose chief is Es-sat. It is night. Es-sat is climbing to the cave of a young female of the tribe — Pan-at-lee, the beloved of O-mat. He wants Pan-at-lee — so much so that he attempts to take her by force. She strikes him a blow on the side of his head with her golden breast-plates. Without a sound, he sinks to the floor, unconscious. Frightened, Pan-at-lee flees into the dark jungle in the direction of Kor-ul-lul — the Gorge of Water. In the darkness, she sees the eyes of a great hunting cat. The mighty lion leaps for his prey, but she has gone — over the rim of the gorge. Three men — O-mat, Ta-den, Tarzan — come to Kor-ul-ja. They halt at the base of the cliff in which O-mat's tribe dwells. As O-mat climbs to Pan-at-lee's cave, the rest of the tribe awaken and attack the newcomers who give a good account of themselves. Just then, two men emerge, in a fight-to-the-death, from Pan-at-lee's cave. They are O-mat and Es-sat. The fight soon ends. Es-sat lies dead at the bottom of the cliff. O-mat now claims the chieftainship of his tribe.


O-mat's tribe accepts him as chief, but demand that Tarzan and Ta-den be turned over to be killed. O-mat refuses. Tarzan and O-mat go to Pan-at-lee's cave, where the Ape Man's sensitive nostrils pick up her scent. Tarzan, O-mat, Ta-den, and two of O-mat's warriors go in search for her. Tarzan's incredible skills lead them to the spot where Pan-at-lee had leaped into the waters, to escape the lion. Just then, a lion comes — the same, in fact, that had stalked Pan-at-lee. The beast attacks the five men. Tarzan prevails, slaying the lion with the hunting knife of his long-dead father. They see Pan-at-lee's father and two brothers being pursued bywarriors of Kor-ul-lul. A great battle ensues, while a Kor-ul-ja warrior returns to the tribe for help. The Kor-ul-lul lure Tarzan into an ambush. The mighty Ape-Man strikes down many of them before a club from behind knocks him down. His captors calls him "Jad-guru!" — “the Terrible” in awe of his prowess.


Even as Tarzan is overpowered by his foes, a man is approaching the treacherous morass that encircles Pal-ul-don. He wears but a loin-cloth. He is armed with an Enfield rifle, a belt of cartridges about his waist, and two others over his shoulders, crossing over his chest and his back. He carries, too, a long knife, a bow, and a quiver of arrows. Who is he? What is his mission? What is the purpose of his rifle and ammunition? Pan-at-lee, fleeing the lion, plunges into the icy waters of Kor-ul-lul. She swims to the opposite shore, hides in the brush, and must now find food. While she is hiding, she hears the war-cry of the Kor-ul-lul, and the sound of men chasing men — but she has no way of knowing that the pursued are her father and brothers. She soon finds a long-abandoned cave, and uses it as a temporary refuge. One night, as she sleeps, a great, grotesque creature approaches her cave. Meanwhile, the unconscious Tarzan awakens. He is in a cave, hands tied. Outside the cave are his captors — a dozen Waz-don of Kor-ul-lul. Their chief, with 11 warriors, go off, leaving behind one man, In-tan, to guard their tailless captive. Tarzan works on his bonds with his powerful teeth and manages to loosen them. In-tan enters, to examine the prisoner. Tarzan grabs him - a brief struggle ensues, ending with In-tan's death and Tarzan's freedom. Ever the trickster, Tarzan cuts off In-tan's head and takes it with him. He resumes his search for Pan-at-Lee, through the strange jungles of this strange land. Soon, he sees a giant, tailed creature resembling a great ape. Nearing some caves, Tarzan hears a shrill cry of terror.


Pan-at-lee sleeps fitfully in a cave, disturbed by frightening dreams. Suddenly, she awakens — to her horror in the grip of a Tor-o-don, a beast-like man of Pal-ul-don. She is powerless to break free. Then, she sees another creature at the mouth of the cave — it is tailless, and has hands and feet like those of the races of her land. Tarzan speaks to her in her language — he tells her that he is a friend of Om-at, with whom he has been searching for her. He tells her to flee as soon as her captor lets go of her — which it now does. Tarzan and the Tor-o-don fight to the death. When they roll over the edge of the gorge, Pan-at-lee desperately grabs Tarzan's ankle, as his foe falls to its death. Tarzan grabs hold of pegs in the face of the cliff, and pulls himself up to safety. He tells Pan-at-lee that Om-at has killed Es-sat and is now gund of Kor-ul-ja. Many miles away, a lone figure is laboriously crossing the treacherous morass that encircles Pal-ul-don. Both he and his Enfield are covered by slime and mud. By dint of great effort, comes to the shore of Pal-ul-don, and a great reptile, jaws gaping widely, bears down upon him, emitting shrill hisses. Tarzan feels much at home in the jungles of Pal-ul-don. Hungry now, he hunts, and soon finds and kills Bara, the deer. As he lifts his kill to his shoulder, he sees a giant GRYF — a triceratops — descending upon him. Just then, Pan-at-lee arrives, and the two are trapped in a tree by the mighty gryf.

Chapter 7 - Jungle Craft

Tarzan and Pan-at-lee cross the gorge by tree, then return, in an effort to elude their titanic captor. Tarzan sees the body of his late Tor-o-don foe, and wonders what sort of creature it is — either a very high order of ape, or a very low order of man. Tarzan and Pan-at-lee hear a strange WHEE-OO! — the cry of a Tor-o-don calling the gryf. The Tor-o-don sees Tarzan and Pan-at-lee. Tarzan fits an arrow in his bow, and buries it deep into the chest of the beast-like-man. He then commands Pan-at-lee to return to Kor-ul-ja — to her people, and to Om-at, who is now gund. Tarzan cuts himself a staff, and prepares to take a great risk. Repeating the WHEE-OO cry of the Tor-o-don, he seeks to subdue the great gryf. Pan-at-lee, the meanwhile, braves the dangers of the jungle to return to Kor- ul-ja. In a clearing, she suddenly meets a score of Ho-don warriors. They take her captive, but not before she has killed more than one of them. They head for A-lur — City of Light — while in Kor-ul-ja, Om-at bemoans the loss of his friend, Tarzan, and of Pan-at-lee, the woman who was to have been his mate.

Chapter 8 - ALUR

A stranger has just crossed the great morass that surrounds Pal-ul-don. A great hissing reptile, mighty jaws agape, comes bearing down upon him. The man dives under water, beneath, the charging beast. He plunges his blade into its soft, slimy belly. Luck has guided his hand — the beast dies. With great effort, the man comes ashore,washes himself and his weapons in a lake, then uses dry grasses to dry his precious weapons. Satisfied that his weapons are now safe from harm, he calls upon his keen senses to find and pursue the desired trail. Following the example of the Tor-o-don, Tarzan now rides upon the back of a gryf, the triceratops of Pal-ul-don. The thrill of it reminds him of how, as a boy, he had first ridden on the broad head of Tantor. He decides to go to A-lur, city of the Ho-don, on the back of the gryf. A party of Ho-don look at him in wide-eyed wonder, then seek the shelter of the forest. Tarzan kills Bara, eats a portion, and feeds the rest to his gryf. The next morning, he approaches A-lur. Boldly, he enters, having formulated a plan of action. He is soon spotted. "No tail! No tail!" people cry out, when they see this strange creature. He is soon surrounded by warriors. Claiming to be the son of Jad-ben-Otho — the Great God — he demands to be taken before Ko-tan, king of Pal-ul-don.


Tarzan enters Alur posing as Dor-ul-Otho — the Son of God. He is lead into a great building, into a great chamber. High on a pyramid is a throne, on which sits Ko-tan, the king. Ko-tan is skeptical of Tarzan's claim to divine origin, but some there believe that he is, indeed, a god. Tarzan tells the skeptical king that his father, Jad-ben-Otho, chose well "when he breathed the spirit of a king into the babe at your mother's breast. " Ko-tan now appears to accept the stranger as Dor-ul-Otho. Ko-tan resumes the business of the court. He presides over a dispute involving Ja-don, the Lion Man, father of his friend Ta-den. Ko-tan then leads Tarzan to visit the temple of Jad-ben-Otho, where he sees the dried and drying blood of countless sacrificial victims. He soon meets Lu-don, the high priest, who inwardly doubts that this is indeed the Son of God. They see the great room in which votive offerings are kept, and rooms holding Ho-don and Waz-don captives, intended sacrificial victims for Jad-ben-Otho. Tarzan orders their release, saying that Jad-ben-Otho does not want human sacrifice.

Chapter 10 - The Forbidden Garden.

Lu-don says that it is a sacrilege, but finally acquiesces. The released prisoners bow before Tarzan, then hurry off in new-found freedom. Tarzan orders that the food and clothing in the temple's treasure-room be given to those who need them the most — being more pleasing to The Great God than is human sacrifice. As they leave the temple, Tarzan sees a building whose door and windows are barred. In answer to his query, Lu-don says that the building is empty. There is a a great banquet — much gluttony and drinking — in which Tarzan does not participate, much to Ko-tan's chagrin. Tarzan insists on being led to his apartment. As he goes, a Waz-don slave sees and recognizes him. The slave tells his tale to Lu-don, who in return promises him his freedom and many gifts if his words are true. Many miles away, a stranger gropes his way along the base of Pastur-ul-ved, the Father of Mountains. The moonlight shines upon him as he seeks a way around it. Tarzan is led to an apartment. Through the window he sees at enclosed garden. He leaves through the window, to explore. He soon sees a Ho-don female with a Waz-don slave — Pan-at-lee. The Ho-don woman is O-lo-a, daughter of Ko-tan, and Ta-den's beloved. Tarzan tells her that Ta-den is safe — in Kor-ul-ja, as a guest, and as a friend of Om-at, the gund. In the name of Jad-ben-Otho, he tells her to free Pan-at-lee and allow her to return to her people. Tarzan asks O-lo-a if any strangers have come to A-lur. She is evasive. He asks again — in the name of Jad-ben-Otho, who holds Taden's fate in his hands. She is about to tell him when Ko-tan enters the forbidden garden. The king leads Tarzan from this proscribed area. Soon, a warrior comes to the king, bearing an urgent message from Lu-don; the priest wants to see him in the temple — alone.


Tarzan is studying the art and architecture of the secret garden of O-lo-a, Princess of Pal-ul-don. Himself a barbarian, he greatly admirers the ancient art-work of this barbaric culture. Ko-tan now returns. He orders his guards to sieze Tarzan and bring him to the throne-room, where Lu-don the high priest calls him an impostor. Tarzan maintains his poise. Even when a Waz-don prisoner says that he saw Tarzan knocked out by a club in a battle, the Ape-man remains calm, and holds his own against the wily priest. Quickly, he grabs one of his enemies and hurls him at the rest. He makes a hasty exit, and seeks escape and refuge elsewhere.


The warriors and priests pursue the Ape-man. Elsewhere, a great naked stanger enters the dangerous trail at Kor-ul-ja; he carries an Enfield on his back. A sharp turn, and he is face-to-face with an armed Ho-don — it is Tarzan's friend Ta-den. Ta-den assumes that this stranger is of the same race as arzan. Ta-den and the stranger use sign-language to communicate — they both make the sign of peace. They go to Om-at's village, where the people gather excitedly around them. Om-at and Ta-den wonder about this stranger — Ta-den believes that the stranger knows Tarzan, and is looking for him. By sign-language, they tell the stranger that five days have passed since they last saw Tarzan. Taden suggests a raid against the Kor-ul-lul — take some prisoners, and question them about Tarzan's fate. Next day, they go out with 100 warriors. They soon come upon a considerable band of warriors; a great battle ensues, with the stranger fighting as fiercely as the Waz-don. They take prisoners. In return for his freedom, and the freedom of his fellows, one of them promises to tell them of Tarzan's whereabouts. It is agree. The man tells them of Tarzan's presence in A-lur, and of him being viewed as Dor-ul-Otho = the Son of God. Om-at leads the stranger to the summit of a cliff. Pointing downward, into the valley to the west, he says: "There is Tarzan-jad-guru."


Tarzan has escaped from Lu-don, but has no intention of leaving A-lur - he must first search for his long-missing mate. Thus he returns to the Forbidden Garden of Ko-tan, the King. Retracing his steps to the royal apartments, he comes face to face with a masked priest. He kills the man, steals his mask and cuts off his tail, and uses both as part of his disguise. Now hiding in some foliage, he hears some priests coming in search of him. Princess O-lo-a assures them that she has not seen Tarzan, but allows them to search on if they wish. They do not. Now Pan-at-lee appears, in a frantic state. She tells O-lo-a that Lu-don tried to kill Tarzan. She tells of her experiences with Tarzan — of his great bravery, strength, and virtue. O-lo-a bemoans her fate — to be given in marriage to Bu-lot. She and Pan-at-lee gather flowers, that she might take them with her into a loveless marriage. It is then that they find Tarzan, hiding in the shrubbery. He assures O-lo-a that her beloved Ta-den is alive and well, and that he longs to be with her again. He asks Pan-at-lee if she knows aught of a mysterious stranger said to be hidden somewhere in A-lur. Pan-at-lee has heard, but knows now who or where she is — only of rumors among the slaves that she is hidden in the temple — Lu-don wants her for a priestess, and Ko-tan wants her for a wife. Tarzan is grateful to her for even this small amount of knowledge.


Night falls. Tarzan resumes the mask and dead tail of the priest he slew, and moves through the shadows of the temple yard. Outside a three-story structure, apart from the other buildings, the window bars do not yield. Scaling the walls, there is no egress at the second floor, but at the third floor he scents his long-lost mate. He hears Lu-don — and her proud reply. Tarzan rushes in, stumbling when the floor tilts beneath his feet. Lu-don taunts him as the ape-man falls. Tarzan smells a gryf. Making his way through the huge chamber, Tarzan finds the gryf's pool and, failing to subdue the gryf, dives into the pool. Jane Clayton undergoes a harrowing imprisonment. Ko-tan, the king, and Lu-don, the high priest, both cover her. In the temple of the gryf, Lu-don tries to subdue Jane. A mysterious figure enters — Lu-don recognizes him. Lu-don pulls a thong — a trap door opens, and the intruder falls into the room below. Again, he tries to take Jane when Ja-don enters — he tells the priest that the king wants Jane brought to him. Lu-don wants to release the trap door again, but before he can do so, Jane cautions Ja-don of the trap. She trusts Ja-don. He takes her to the quarters of the Princess. He holds out the hope that he can hide her in Ja-lur, thus shielding her from both Ko-tan and Lu-don.

Chapter 15 - "THE KING IS DEAD!"

Ja-don takes risks as he takes Jane to the apartments of the Princess O-lo-a. He leaves Jane with the princess. Meanwhile, in the banquet hall, Ko-tan celebrates the betrothal of his daugher to Bu-lot. Drunk, tempers flare. Bu-lot throws a knife at Ko-tan, killing him. Proclaiming himself king, Mo-sar's followers protect him and Bu-lot. Ja-don confronts the assassins. A battle ensues. Mo-sar and Bu-lot escape to the apartment of Princess O-lo-a. Mo-sar siezes Jane Clayton and escapes. Bu-lot tries to sieze O-lo-a, but Pan-at-lee intervenes. Bu-lot seizes her hair. Pan-at-lee is rescued by Tarzan, who kills Bu-lot. Tarzan dives into the pool of the gryf. His great strength enables him to elude the pursuing beast and escape. Lu-don fumes over the escape of the stranger she. He escapes, hoping to use Mo-sar as a tool for revenge against Ko-tan and Ja-don. Returning to his apartment, he summons several priests and tells them Ko-tan must be overthrown. It is then that his loyal underling Pan-sat arrives with news that Ko-tan is dead and Ja-don leads the palace warriors. Frantic, Lu-don commands Pan-sat to spread the word the Ja-don killed Ko-tan and intends to kill all the priests. Inquiring about Jane, he is told she is in the Forbidden Garden. Behind a curtain, another priest hears all that has transpired. he silently follows the footsteps of Pan-sat.


Tarzan dives into the gryf pool, leaving a very baffled beast bellowing behind him. Emerging from the water, he skirts a great wall. After a brief search, he finds a point of entry. He sees a priest going along the main corridor - he follows. It is Pan-sat ahead of him. Tarzan comes to the apartment of the Princess in time to see a warrior throw O-lo-a to the ground, then seize and try to kill Pan-at-lee. Throwing aside his headdress, he seizes the warrior and, with a single terrible blow, kills him. In answer to his urgent question, O-lo-a tells him that the woman whom he seeks has been carried off by Mo-sar, father of the man whom Tarzan has just killed. Tarzan goes off to find Jane, and soon finds himself surrounded by battling warriors. Seizing the opportunity, he leads them agains the forcs of Lu-don — he wants to help Ja-don. They soon meet the warriors and priests of Lu-don. Tarzan will go to the city of Tu-lur, to search for Jane, while Ja-don will lead the fight agains Lu-don and his supporters.

Chapter 17 - BY JAD-BAL-LUL

Jane Clayton struggles to break free from Mo-sar; she fails. Her captors carry her to the shore of Jad-bal-lul, to a fleet of sturdy canoes. They get in and row off, their fair captive in the back of the last canoe. She has endured much, these past few months — first, as a captive of the Germans, who in turn had been mercilessly harrassed and tormented by her savage mate. Then, with one of her German captors — Lt. Erich Obergatz — she went to the interior, there to be held captive by a native tribe. Then — across the great marsh into Pal-ul-don, to face further hardships, including the rivalry between Lu-don and Ko-tan for possession of her. Silently, she slips over the side of the canoe, into the cold waters of Jad-bal-lul. She swims to the southern shore. Naked and unarmed in a savage land, she is elated — she is free! Trained in some jungle craft by her experiences with Obergatz, as well as by her mighty mate, she makes a temporary lair in a tree. Then, as the days pass, she gathers some wood and stones and makes a spear, with which to hunt, and to defend herself. She is justly proud of her handiwork.


Tarzan searches the outskirts of A-lur, but can find no sign at all of his missing mate. At the shore, he takes a canoe and follows Mo-sar. He pauses near the spot where Jane is, but the direction of the wind prevents him from detecting her scent. Meanwhile, Mo-sar finds that Jane has escaped him. He is furious. Fear that Ja-don might be pursuing him prevents him from backtracking to find Jane. Next morning, his warriors apprehend two of Lu-don's priests. They bring them to Mo-sar for questioning. Now comes Tarzan in a canoe. He is seen by these warriors and priests. The priests hurry to Mo-sar with an important message — Lu-don proposes an alliance against Ko-tan == Mo-sar must return Jane to Lu-don, and Lu-don will support Mo-sar as king. Another messenger now comes form Tarzan. A frantic Mo-sar tells the priests that he will join Lu-don in the fight against Ja-don. Tarzan soon enters Tu-lur. He demands that Mo-sar give him his mate. Mo-sar claims that he knows nothing of her whereabouts. At the bidding of Lu-don's priests, Mo-sar has his warriors lead Tarzan to the temple; there, by a ruse, they trap him in the lion-pit.


Jane makes her first kill — a hare. With a piece of convex volcanic glass, she builds a fire, using dead leeaves and dry grass as kindling, and twigs and branches for fuel. As the days pass, she builds a small dwelling for herself in a tree. She decides, also, to make a bow and arrows, for defense as well as for hunting. In her mind, she relieves her ordeal of the past months, since she was first kidnapped by the German army. One day, she is our hunting. She espies a buck, which she kills with her spear. "Bravo!" a voice calls out. She turns, and sees a disshevelled Lt. Obergatz. He tells her of his adventures since last they saw each other. He wants to stay with her. Understandably, she orders him to leave. "As far as you can walk in a day from this spot in any direction you may consider the limits of my domain. If ever again I see you within those limits I shall kill you." Obergatz eyes her sullenly as she disappears into the forest.


The A-lur battle continues. Warriors come to Lu-don's side. O-lo-a and Pan-at-lee convince those loyal to Ja-don of Tarzan's loyalty. As the tide of battle turns against him, Ja-don takes O-lo-a and her women and slaves, including Pan-at-lee, to Ja-lur. Meanwhile, in Tulur, Tarzan is a captive in the lion-pit. He works to free himself. Pan-sat, Lu-don's underling arrives at Tu-lur to meet with the high-priest. The priest of Tu-lor leads a dozen heavily armed warriors to the temple, to slay Tarzan. Tarzan hears the approaching footsteps. Tarzan's guards fear his great and wondrous strength. The door of the cell opens. Ten warriors leap in - three of them hurl their clubs against an object by the opposite wall, but Tarzan is gone! All but a single bar has been removed from the window. Meanwhile, Jane Clayton faces new danger — Lt. Obergatz and his knowledge of her whereabouts. One night a sound awakens her. She grasps her spear and thrusts at something climbing up towards her shelter. A body falls to the ground, Obergatz. She again secures the door, but is awakened again - she hears a body against the bark of her tree. Holding her spear, she prepares to kill the approaching intruder.


Tarzan makes an opening in the window of his cell He hears warriors whispering outside his prison door, then secures a braided rope and escapes. He is seen by a priest who alerts warriors. Tarzan battles then escapes into the jungle. At a stream he and descends to the ground, where he detects a faint scent of Jane. He finds her tree and at last they are re-united. At dawn they begin their long and perilous journey homeward. Elsewhere, Lt. Obergatz crawls into the jungle nuring hatred toward the woman who injured him. Covered in blood and filth, the strain of the ordeal has turned him into an idiot. Along the southern shore of Jad-bal-lul he comes to a river. A-lur and the temple of Jad-ben-Otho lies beyond. Completely insane, he gets into a canoe and, on the waters of Jad-bal-lul, shouts he is The Great God. Priests bring him ashore. Before all, the crafty Lu-don prostrates himself before the stranger and acknowledges him as Jad-ben-Otho — The Great God.


Tarzan and Jane go follow the shore of Jad-bal-lul, crossing a river at its head. Tarzan intends a journey of a minimum risk to his mate. He wants to stop at Kor-ul-ja to pay his respecs to Om-at, and reveal the whereabouts of Pan-at-lee. Riding a gryf they encounter warriors from A-lur. The warriors hasten to A-lur. Lu-don sends his chief henchman to kill Tarzan and capture the woman. Thus will Lu-don work to defeat Ja-don. At the gorge above Kor-ul-gryf a lone sentry sees Tarzan and Jane, sending word to Ja-don. Ja-don investigates the report. Tarzan and Ja-don reaffirm their friendship and desire to defeat Lu-don. Tarzan is concerned for Jane's saftey. Ja-don provides assurances. Ta-den leads a force against A-lur from the northwest. Ja-don's people are overjoyed that Tarzan supports their chief's cause; they are convinced Ja-don will soon sit Pal-ul-don's throne. Word is sent to Ta-den that an attack will be made upon A-lur, against Lu-don, under cover of darkness. Tarzan abandons his gryf at the mouth of the gorge, Kor-ul-gryf. With Ja-don and his warriors, the march on A-lur begins.


Night has fallen. A warrior from Ja-lur's palace slips into the temple grounds. He comes to a room where several priests are congregated after the sacrifices have been performed. He makes a secret signal, understood by two of the priests. They part company. The warriors goes to the chamber wheree Jane and O-lo-a are asleep. The sleeping Jane is taken captie, and placed in the bottom of a canoe. Her captors — Pan-sat and two others — take paddles and row back to A-lur. As they do, a long file of warriors winds its way to A-lur under cover of darkness. Tarzan will lead a band of warriors through a secret passage; Ja-don and the bulk of the warriors will attack the palace gates. And a messenger sent to ta-den will bring him and his forces from the northwest. Despite their best efforts, their plans go awry Tarzan sees Pan-sat carrying the captured Jane. He charges, only to be trapped by the falling of a stone door. Pan-sat rushes to Lu-don, and tells him that Tarzan is a prisoner. Then, a priest enters and tells Lu-don that Ja-don and his warriors are over-running the temple Lu-don summons Obergatz — supposedly, Jad-ben-otho, whose presence could help turn the tide of battle by demoralizing Ja-don's forces. All now seems lost for Tarzan, Jane, and Ja-don.


Sunrise, and Ja-don's forces still hold the gate of the palace. Lu-don tells them that the false Dor-ul-Otho is a prisoner, and that Jen-ben-Otho himself has appeared, to chaption Lu-don's cause. A bound Tarzan is brought out. This sight demoralizes Ja-don's warriors — many now through down their weapons. Soon, Ja-don himself is bound. Lu-don now brings forward the mad Obergatrz, whom most have now come to believe really *is* Jad-ben-Otho. Tarzan, Jane, and Ja-don are soon brought to the alter, to be slain by the mad Obergatz, who now actually is convinced that he is a god. Obergatz raises the sacrificial knife, but never uses it — a rifle-shot rings out, and Obergatz falls dead over the body of his intended victim. Three more shots, and Lu-don, Mo-sar, and Pan-sat are dead. This last-minute rescue is effected by Ta-den, Om-at, and the one whom they called Jar-don — in fact he is Korak, worthy son of Tarzan and Jane.


Tarzan, Jane, and Ja-don are freed. The victors now proclaim Ko-tan king of Pal-ul-don. Tarzan then abolishes the old priesthood and system of sacrifices; the priesthood is turned over to women, and a humane/compassionate religious system is instituted. It is then that Tarzan learns that a false message from Lu-don kept Ta-den and Om-at and their warriors from getting to A-lur in time, and thus turning the tide of battle. The next day, O-lo-a and Pan-at-lee are brought to A-lur, where one marries Ta-den and the other marries Om-at, in teh ancient rites of their ancient religion. A great band now follows Tarzan, Jane, and Korak as they plan to leave Pal-ul-don. But how will they do so? On Tarzan's captured gryf, of course. Atop this great beast, they cross the great morass to safety, abandoning their huge beast only when they are sure that their Waz-don and Ho-don friends are safely out of its way. They now turn north, and head for "the land that is best of all - home."