By Colin Duriez
No matter if this can be your first stopover at to C S Lewis's excellent myth international otherwise you were there time and again, you want to carry alongside this convenient better half to the panorama and population of Narnia, together with an A to Z advisor to its characters, locations, items, and events.
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During term time he slept over at Magdalen. Lewis’s pupils over the Magdalen years would include such figures as the critic Kenneth Tynan, the poet John Betjeman, the literary historian and novelist Harry Blamires, and novelist, academic and poet John Wain. R. Tolkien, recently come to Oxford from Leeds University, who soon became a lifelong friend. They would criticise one another’s poetry, drift into theology and philosophy, and pun or talk English department politics. Tolkien soon shared what had been a private world, early tales and poems of his invented mythology of Middle-earth.
Warren Lewis portrayed Dyson as ‘a man who gives the impression of being made of quick silver: he pours himself into a room on a cataract of words and gestures, and you are caught up in the stream – but after the first plunge, it is exhilarating’. Dyson undoubtedly gave emotional support to Tolkien’s measured reasoning. An enormously important factor in Lewis’s conversion to Christianity was accepting Tolkien’s argument that the biblical Gospels have all the best qualities of pagan myth, with the unique feature that the events actually happened in documented history.
S. Lewis Dunluce Castle is an imposing ruin that juts out against its Atlantic backdrop. It is built on a basalt outcrop accessible today by a wooden bridge over a stone-built arch. The waves churn and smash a hundred feet below. Among its ruins are the remains of a great hall like the one in Cair Paravel, the seat of kings and queens of Narnia. To the east of Dunluce lies the Giant’s Causeway, an apron of hexagonal columns formed when liquid rock spewed into the cold ocean long ago. Portrush is a nearby coastal resort in the other direction, popular with families of a new middle class a century ago in the north of Ireland.
A Field Guide to Narnia by Colin Duriez