One other thing: be careful devoting too much time to hunting The Great White Whale.
The shaman speaks wise words of truth that all pilgrims should heed or learn by boiling tags in chicken broth for your turkey dinner.
I will never again devote a season to one gobbler, grudges leave more men broken and if completed prove to be an empty vessel. So many more things are out there to enjoy. I say pay him a visit from time to time and if you can kill him, put a patch on your vest and if you can't enjoy the fruits of other quest.