It chanced that Hector too had thought of a similar plan and that Dolon had offered to reconnoitre the Greek position.
If the story of Dolon be comic, it is comic with the practical humour of the sagas.
The oath he swore was bootless, but it made Dolon more keen on going.
How did Dolon expect to creep among the host, when there was a wall?
“No,” said Diomede, “if I spare your life you may come spying again,” and he drew his sword and smote off the head of Dolon.
So Dolon stood still, green with fear, and with his teeth chattering.
Dolon said that Hector had promised him the horses of Achilles if he would go and spy on the Greeks.
Diomede and Ulysses are inspired with a love of glory; Dolon with the thirst of gain.
So, again, of Dolon: 'ill-favoured indeed he was to look upon.'
Blumentritt mentions two kinds, the “Ipon” and the “Dolon,” which they salt or pickle.