Skip to comments.Ulster inspiration of the magical land of Narnia
Posted on 07/09/2013 1:15:11 AM PDT by BlackVeil
A new book has been published which collects all CS Lewis references to his Ulster childhood and the possible role of such places in inspiring many of his greatest works.
CS Lewis And The Island Of His Birth, by Sandy Smith, lifts the lid on CS Lewis early life in Belfast and allows the reader to walk in Lewis footsteps on a journey that covers Belfast and Ireland north and south, encapsulating the places that many believe were the inspiration for some of his greatest works.
Lewis mentioned parts of Northern Ireland at various times in his writing. That part of Rostrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia, he wrote to his brother.
While living in England he wrote: I yearn to see County Down in the snow, ....
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My mother is from Northern Ireland. It is very pretty, in a cold, wet, and windy sorta way.
From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
And from Galway to Dublin town
No maid Ive seen like the sweet colleen
That I met in the County Down.
This does not surprise me. Remember, his close friend J.R.R. Tolkien based the Shire on his early childhood experiences living around Sarahole Mill at the beginning of the 20th Century, which was then located in rural country just outside the city of Birmingham at the time.
Indeed - the landscape is not tame - but it is a very beautiful place - and with a deep history.
Please post a link to where it is available!
Here is the link - it is not in the big stores - but it is the type of volume Lewis fans will value.
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