I remember reading a fantasy novel when I was younger. The book was in English, read in Canada in the late 80s early-to-mid 90s.

The big part of the book that sticks in my head is the party passing through a tunnel for a long time. Initially walking, then stooped over, then on their hands and knees, eventually crawling. At some point a party member ended up on their back, and they came upon a flooded section of the tunnel they needed to swim through.

The party was adventuring on some form of quest, I believe their goal was to pass information or to stop someone in particular. I'd put it in the fantasy genre. Swords, evil doers, magic and the like.

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    What makes this a fantasy or sci-fi story? – Valorum Jul 13 '14 at 16:14
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    Do you remember any of the elements that made it a fantasy ? – Stan Jul 13 '14 at 16:14
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    Edited to add more about the fantasy connection. Imagine remembering a chunk of "The Return of the King": there was some guys trying to get to a mountain, some other guys trying to defend something from the oncoming hordes, etc. You may remember it was "Fantasy", but have a hard time with your decades old memory remembering why. – preinheimer Jul 13 '14 at 19:25
  • The tunnel part is reminicent of Sleipnir by Linda Evans, the protagonist spends a long time travelling through a tunnel/cave system like you mentioned. He's on his way to confront the Norse god Odin – Dai Jan 14 '15 at 19:29

I know the scene you are thinking of. It is from The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner. The two children and the two dwarves are going through a tight tunnel underground. Near the end, they come across a flooded section and have no choice (Garner uses the phrase "the choice that is no choice") but to keep going, hoping the water-filled section is not too long.

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    This sounds good. I've procured the book for my device, I'll read and update. Thanks! – preinheimer Jul 13 '14 at 22:23
  • Hi, I've read the book, it it definitely has a crawling for caves section. I'm left struggling as to whether or not it's the book I remember. I thought the caves section was longer in book time (days or weeks), and that bit with someone stuck belly up for a while. The book didn't seem at all familiar as I read it, which makes me think this may be the first time I've read it. All that said, it's been like 16 years since I read it, so it's possible my memory is mixing things up. – preinheimer Jul 22 '14 at 11:55

I agree with The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. At one point they have to navigate a hairpin bend, and the boy (Colin) nearly gets stuck, as he is taller than the others. He manages to turn over, and is better off than the others, as they are now on their backs. Being mildly claustrophobic, I hate that bit!


It sounds like the book Rhapsody: Child of Blood (Symphony of Ages, #1) by Elizabeth Haydon, except that this novel was written in 1999.

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    Welcome to SFF:SE. Your answer would be improved by explaining how your suggestion matches what OP is looking for. Also, OP has already accepted a different answer, which essentially guarantees that your answer is wrong. – Politank-Z Dec 20 '17 at 6:40

I believe it's this - I specifically remember the tunnel scene as well!


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    Welcome to SciFi.SE! OP already accepted a different answer 4 1/2 years ago; could you explain why you believe your answer is a better fit? – F1Krazy Jan 21 at 22:27
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    Hi there. The asker has found their book, as noted by the checkmark next to one of the above answers, but it can be a good thing to have other potential matches. Could you edit in the parts that match? :) – Jenayah Jan 21 at 22:27
  • Thanks for taking a swing! I've now read Goblins in the Castle, and while it does have the tunnel scene, it wasn't quite as I remembered, and lacked a few of the details I really did remember. – preinheimer Feb 15 at 18:28

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