What a tough life he had! But his father did a good job in training him. It must be frustrating to go into the battle feeling that if you lose you lose everything. You pride and eventually your family as well. But he didn't give up. He fought his opponent for hours (they must have endless energy) and then he won! It was a very clever step that he made.. to actually give in but take him down the hill with him and release him :)
Clever finish of your story :) I really liked it!
Thank you for sharing!