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''Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures'' (''Rumo'' for short) is a book by Creator/WalterMoers set in Zamonia, the setting for ''Literature/TheThirteenAndAHalfLivesOfCaptainBluebear'' and ''Literature/TheCityOfDreamingBooks''. It revolves around Rumo, a wolperting (an intelligent, bipedal, horned dog), after he is kidnapped by [[{{Cyclops}} cyclopean]] pirates. Following his escape from them, he sets off on a journey to find 'the silver thread' that will lead him to true love, but is waylaid repeatedly, most importantly when almost everyone he knows is kidnapped and taken to the hellish underground Netherworld, which he must rescue them from. Along the way he picks up several friends, including Dandelion and Krindle, the talking sword possessed by two very different spirits, Voltozan Smyke the shark grub, and Urs of the Snows, another wolperting and talented chef.
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!!The book provides examples of:

* AchillesHeel: The Demonocles' is [[spoiler:their tongue, which has a complex cartilagineous structure connected to their spinal cord]]. Hyronically, also [[spoiler:The Lunawraith, who are supposedly intangible, and ''even General Tick-Tock's virus'' have one equivalent weakness. You'd ask yourself how can a virus have a spinal cord, but given the [[MindScrew massive amount of weirdness]] you will have been exposed to by then, it won't be too much]].
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: As always, there are some Zamonian races who lack any redeeming qualitites. The Demonocles are probably the worst, though -- their entire culture, such as it is, revolve around taking prisoners to eat them alive, making sure their victims stay alive for as long as possible because they like their food to struggle. Completely lacking in empathy [[spoiler:unless it involves [[BizarreAlienBiology breaking a Demonocle's tongue]]; that's [[EvenEvilHasStandards just taking it too far]]]], they can't even begin to see anything wrong with this.
* TheAtoner: Volzotan Smyke has traces of this in the latter parts of the novel, when he performs heroic deeds largely in an attempt to make up for past misdeeds.
* AxCrazy: Gornab the 99th, Ruler of Hel.
* BadAss: [[TheHero Rumo]], [[TheBerserker Rolv]], [[MinoredInAsskicking DeLucca]], and [[MartialPacifist Urs]], but [[ProudWarriorRace Wolpertings]] in general are brave and tough, and nearly all are superb fighters.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Urs is a friendly and [[MotorMouth talkative]] soul who doesn't care much for fighting and would rather spend his time cooking or eating; he's viewed as a bit of a pushover by Rumo. Later on, however, he proves himself as one of the most formidable warriors in Wolperting: His reluctance to fight is for personal reasons, not because he isn't any good at it.
* BerserkerRage: Rolv's "White Fire."
* BloodKnight: General Tick-Tock. And how!
* BreakoutCharacter: Rumo and Voltozan Smyke were both important minor characters in Walter Moers's previous book, ''Literature/TheThirteenAndAHalfLivesOfCaptainBluebear.''
* CatchPhrase: Rumo will say "I'm not good with words" as an excuse whenever he's called upon to tell a story or explain something to someone else. He first says it, once, in ''Literature/TheThirteenAndAHalfLivesOfCaptainBluebear'', but in this book he says it so often it's become his CatchPhrase.
* ClockworkCreature: General Tick-Tock and the Copper Killers.
* ComingOfAgeStory: We follow Rumo from his early childhood into his adult years.
* CondemnedContestant: All the contestants in the Theatre Of Death.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** Gornab is mostly extremely stupid and unhinged but docile, but is prone to sudden murderous rages that endanger everyone around him.
** Only when Rumo has to defend himself for the first time as a grown wolperting he finds out how badass he is.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to the first Zamonia book.
* DemBones: The Dead Yetis.
* DescriptiveVille: The wolpertings mainly live in the town of Wolperting. (They found it empty but otherwise ready to move in and named it appropriately.)
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Rumo kills a Lunawraith, a creature that feeds on life energy and was supposedly unstoppable. It turned out they have a breakable spinal chord.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Demonocles are consummate sadists who [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming like their prey alive and screaming]] and will beat their buddies to death ForTheEvulz. [[spoiler:Damage another Demonocle's tongue in front of them, though, and they all cringe in horrified shock.]]
* EvilChancellor: Friftar, though he's not that much more evil than the people around him.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: [[spoiler:Near the end when the microscopic ships are injected into Rala to save her life.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Most Wolpertings are formidable fighters, but very intelligent, they are very talented chess fanatics for example. The mayor of wolperting is trying to support an image of wolpertings are more than just fighters, which is what they are known for throughout Zamonia. Rumo, however, is not the brightest wolperting in the world.
* GeniusLoci: The Nurn Forest Oak.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Ushan de Lucca]] dies so that Tick-Tock can't reach the other fighters to kill them.
** Also [[spoiler: the skeletal yetis]] prevent Gornab's conquest of the surface by collapsing a cave roof on top of themselves.
* IHaveThisFriend: The protagonist asks TheMentor what his friend Urs is supposed to do after falling in love with a girl. He's a BadLiar and several times says "I" instead of "Urs". The mentor is nice enough not to mention -- at least at first, but he does eventually lose patience, [[spoiler: especially since Rumo's situation was the talk of the town anyway and everybody knew about it.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: The Demonocles.
* MookHorrorShow: The [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Demonocles]] find themselves on the receiving end of this, courtesy of [[{{Badass}} Rumo]].
* NestedStory: There are lots and lots and lots of stories-within-a-story in this book, and often there are stories within the stories-within-a-story. This is even {{lampshaded}} by Smyke when he tells Rumo the story about the siege of Lindworm Castle. Since Rumo at this point is very young and knows next to nothing about the world, Smyke needs to include several other stories in order to explain the events of his primary one. At one point he remarks rather dryly that this is the third consecutive story he's had to tell, and he hasn't even gotten to the part about the siege yet.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Friftar. This means even more since he has an AxCrazy boss who is able and allowed to kill people with his own teeth if he likes it.
* OurHomunculiAreDifferent: They are created in Hel from a massive vat and they are a mash-up of the various creatures thrown into the vat.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: At one point they fight a 7-foot long blind albino rat with tentacles. This is probably the least odd creature they encounter in Netherworld.
* ThePlague: General Tick-Tock has one engineered, as an ultimate weapon.
* ProudWarriorRace: Wolpertings are very talented fighters, which is why fighting is an important part of their culture and education. They don't seem to think slaughter is their life's calling, though, unlike the demons and the yeti, and also devote themselves to other trades and disciplines.
* RedStringOfFate: It is called the silver thread, and can actually be perceived by wolpertings from their early childhood; at that point they don't even know it's a romantic thing, they just have the notion that if they follow the silver thread to its source, something wonderful will be at the other end. Unfortunately, Rumo knows nothing about relationships or even what girls are until he arrives in Wolperting, so it's not as much use as you might think. Also, the trope is played with a bit, because while following the silver thread ''does'' lead to the wolperting's soulmate, it's by no means a given that it'll actually work out in the long run -- as exemplified by Urs, whose soulmate eventually left him.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Wolperting puppies are ridiculously cute, they even feed on love.
* RunningGag: To Rumo's steadily increasing annoyance, he shares his name with a popular Zamonian card game, and (with a few exceptions) every single person he introduces himself to will ''immediately'' mention this. Towards the end, he just snaps "yes, like the card game!" as soon as they open their mouths.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Friftar]] planned to take over Hel's throne and start his own dynasty by killing Gornab. And he would have succeeded, if it weren't for the Copper Killers' conveniently-timed intervention.
* ToHellAndBack: The second half of the book.
* TorturePorn: Rala becomes the victim of general Ticktock. [[spoiler:And dies. Which drives him mad, since he never had as much "fun" with a victim like with her. But later, she gets revived.]]
* TheUnintelligible: Gornab's speech so messed up, only his chancellor can understated him. OTOH, he consistently manages to speak all words exactly backwards (by syllable, not by sound or letter).
* VillainousCrush: [[spoiler:General Tick-Tock]] has one on [[spoiler:Rala]]. Though his idea of "love" is quite... uhm, particular.
* VillainousIncest: [[TheCaligula Gornab]] is the result of [[InTheBlood generations]] of [[RoyallyScrewedUp royal]] incest.
* {{Xenofiction}}: Wolpertings have a highly developed sense of smell. This comes into play quite a bit and is highly important to the plot.
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