The prizes at the end of the great journeys are as varied as the paths that lead there. However, some of the scenic views these journey take similar form. For this Monday of Doom, we're interesting in one of these way points--The Abyss:
(Abyss comes from the word Byssos, meaning Depth. When you add an "A" at the beginning you negate it (called alpha privative). So, Abyss is literally bottomless, or without depth. Hades is the alpha privative of Eidos--(form or seeing). So, Haides is literally is the Unseen.)
Back to our journey into these lost lands: Half way through Odyssey's journey home, he must venture into Hades, to find the path back home. Half Way through the Aenied, Aeneas must venture into the underworld for knowledge of the founding of Rome. Dante too must seek out similar knowledge in Hell on his way to Heaven. There are infinite other ventures in the terrible places to find the knowledge/power to continue or complete the journey. Read this book:
What is the greatest Journey you've ever been on? What is the hardest obstacle you've had to overcome along a journey?