By Colin Duriez
Even if this is often your first stopover at to C S Lewis's very good myth international otherwise you were there again and again, you have to convey alongside this useful spouse to the panorama and population of Narnia, together with an A to Z advisor to its characters, locations, gadgets, and events.
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As the boys grew, they were able to walk and cycle around those Holywood Hills. Here Lewis’s lifelong devotion to the countryside of County Down was shaped. From the hills one could see Strangford Lough, gentle undulations of pasture land and woods and, in the distance, the blue, majestic mountains of Mourne. Looking at these views afforded by the hills today, one seems to be looking southward across Narnia to the mountains of Archenland in the dim distance, the Eastern Sea to one’s left. During this happy period Lewis, adept with pen and paintbrush, began writing and illustrating a cycle of junior stories about ‘chivalrous mice and rabbits who rode out in complete mail to kill not giants but cats’.
Let him know he cant do without us! ’ – the chorus seemed disposed to return an affirmative but the orator continued – ‘No! ’ At one stage the youthful author made a list of his writings: Building of the Promenade (a tale) Man Against Man (a novel) Town (an essay) Relief of Murry (a history) Bunny (a paper) Home Rule (an essay) My Life (a journal) The frequent rain of Ireland’s north was an important feature of Lewis’s early life. Parental wisdom of the time, edged with fear of tuberculosis, was to keep children indoors during squalls and showers.
Rowling’s tales of Hogwarts School, and others. Humphrey Carpenter and Mari Prichard believe that the Chronicles ‘must be judged the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-cent[ury] author’. S. Lewis’s more than forty writings, and are as characteristic of his thought and imagination as his science-fiction books, his literary criticism and his popular theology, such as The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. The Chronicles have become part of the lives of generations of children since the stories first appeared between 1950 and 1956.