Monthly Archives: November 2014

Four-minute video showing places associated with C.S. Lewis’ Childhood

By Ajnos

A new company promoting cultural tourism in Northern Ireland, where CS Lewis was born, was launched this week. The company known as Heritage Experience, commissioned a four minute film entitled C.S. Lewis and the Island of his Birth which was shown for the first time at the company launch. It is presented by Sandy Smith, one of the directors of the company and the author of a book by the same title, which was published last year. The video shows captivating images of Lewis’ Childhood home “Little Lea”, Campbell College (a school he attended for a short time) and sweeping shots of the beautiful County Down, the rugged north coast shoreline and Dunlace Castle (which is thought to have been an inspiration for Cair Paravel).

You can view the short video here via the Macmillan Media YouTube page.

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Original source article: Castle link with CS Lewis film  from the Ballymoney and Moyle Times.

Narnia Goes Disney! – Writing Contest #73

Cue the spontaneous outbursts of song: Narnia has got the Disney bug! What Disney songs will the Narnians suddenly adopt into their everyday routines?

Example: The Sarcastic Marshwiggle by Ariel_of_Narnia
“Hakuna Matata”

 

Honorable Mentions:

While it was winter… by Aravis
Imagine Mrs. Beaver singing while cooking fish and chips:
“Oh the sky will be blue…and Mr. Beaver will be there too!…
….when I finally see what frozen things do IN SUMMMMMEEER!!”

Shift by Jesus’ Girl 4ever
“I Wanna Be Like You”

by Somebody-or-other
Prince Rabadash: A Girl Worth Fighting For

Mary-Su…san by hobbit_of_narnia
“Someday My Prince Will Come”

Jadis When She Thinks About Her Statues by Albero
“Poor Unfortunate Souls”

by Gypsevedius Lakota Mona Took
Prince Edmund: I Just Can’t WAIT to Be King!

Aslan Creating Narnia by AGB
“Let it Grow!”

Dwarves’ Marching Song by hobbit_of_narnia
Turns out the lyrics to the dwarves’ marching song in “The Last Battle” are:
“Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, It’s home from work we go!” punctuated by whistling.

Susan and Rabadash by Jesus’ Girl 4ever
“Love is an Open Door” (and its aftermath)

Trust in Me, Rilian by Aslanslamb
“Trust in Me” from Jungle Book, sing by the Lady of the Green Kirtle

Cor and Aravis by elanorelle
“Something There”

Jadis by Hiking Peter
As the one hundred year winter begins, Narnians everywhere hear Jadis singing: “Let it go, let it GOOOOOO!!!!!!”

Caspy the Fake by hobbit_of_narnia
“Kiss the Girl”

Pug and Cronies by Jesus’ Girl 4ever
“A Pirate’s Life for Me”

Shasta’s Song by Aslanslamb
“Strangers Like Me” sung by Shasta when he saw the Narnians for the first time in “Horse and His Boy”.

Ginnarbrik’s past…? by Hiking Peter
Ginnabrick sings at her majesty, Jadis’s request: “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts (dee-dalee), there they are all standing in a row! (Ahhh, I never had to do this when Aslan was King…)”
Jadis: “WHAT did you say?!?!”
Ginnabrick: “Nothing…Nothing. *Sigh*”

Oreius Trains the Pevensies by Jesus’ Girl 4ever
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You”

 

And the winner is:

Lucy by Hiking Peter
As Lucy tries (and is thus far failing) to explain to her siblings about Narnia, she bursts into…”A Whole New World!!!!!”

 

Don’t forget to check out the winners of the last contest! 

 

C.S. Lewis on War

As we commemorate today what is known in various parts of the world as Veterans Day, Remembrance Day or Armistice Day (a celebration of the end of World War I and a time to reflect on the sacrifices of all soldiers), it seems fitting to take some time to consider what C.S. Lewis, a man who served in both World Wars, thought on the topic of war. This is especially fitting in as we look back on the centenary since the start of the first World War.

By Oresen

CS Lewis is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His wise mind and linguistic skill have garnered a following of millions of readers around the world even today. As such, it is no surprise that many have wondered what his views on war were.

There is no shortage of places where we can find war in his writings and from which we can draw reasonable conclusions on what he thought about war. We will focus on just two examples, and briefly discuss certain passages and themes within them. However, first it is important to note Lewis’ background as a British soldier.

Lewis was conscripted as a 19-year old and stationed in France during WWI. He survived it with only a shrapnel wound to his chest, but the experience was nonetheless horrible. [1] He described it as memories of

the smashed men still moving like half-crushed beetles, the sitting or standing corpses, the landscape of sheer earth without a blade of grass, the boots worn day and night till they seemed to grow to your feet. [2]

He then served in WWII, but this time domestically as a Home Guard at Oxford. [1] How then did Lewis’ opinions, having experienced first-hand two World Wars, manifest themselves in his books?

About a third of the way through The Screwtape Letters, an experienced demon, Screwtape, mentors a newbie, Wormwood, on how to use a new, upcoming “European war”; Lewis meant WWII.

Consider whether we should make the patient [a young Christian man Wormwood wants in hell] an extreme patriot or an extreme pacifist. All extremes, are to be encouraged…Whichever side he adopts, your main task will be the same. Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of the partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him into the stage at which religion becomes merely part of the “cause” and his [faith] is valued chiefly for the excellent arguments it can produce in favour of the British war effort or of Pacifism.

It seems that Lewis saw that war was breaking out whether Christians would accept it or not, and the proper response was to still keep the faith’s values with utmost allegiance, yet join the fight for the cause of the country. Don’t let Patriotism consume to the point where fighting fueled with hatred and bloodlust, but don’t use religion to condemn those breaking the creed of Pacifism, either.

Another place war shows up in Lewis’ books is within The Chronicles of Narnia. All but The Magician’s Nephew and The Silver Chair have at least a couple of battles, after which Aslan usually appears to commend the various protagonists for their sacrifice and bravery on behalf of Narnia. In The Last Battle, Aslan even credits Emeth, a soldier from the enemy country Calormen, as being a seeker of good.

To those familiar with Narnia’s allegorical nature it may seem that Lewis is condoning war as some sort of test of allegiance to one’s country. Indeed, the land of Narnia, in its fight against neighbors who seek to subjugate it, represents the Kingdom of God on earth and the Christian’s fight to remain loyal to God and His commands whilst everywhere else society now ridicules the Bible and those who live by it. In The Screwtape Letters Lewis also writes that war is a very powerful reminder to all humans that death is coming, that the self is not omnipotent, and that focusing only on this life is foolish because of how short and uncertain it is. So did Lewis condone war over peace?

Lewis lived in a time probably all of us reading this can’t even imagine – a time where a dozen countries sent soldiers and bombs to fight and kill as many people as possible, twice! Based on the books of his that I’ve read, my conclusion is that Lewis, the author who came up with beloved fantasy worlds, was also a realist, and when and where he was born made it impossible for him not to see war as unavoidable, as being upon humanity whether or not anyone wants it to be. What he thought about how Christians should fight, however, is a whole other discussion.

You can find out a bit more on what Lewis thought of War in his essay “Why I’m not a Pacifist” published in The Weight of Glory and Compelling Reason.

Author’s note: I do know I’ve picked two examples of Lewis’ that happen to shine a pro-war light on him. There are surely works of his against fighting and against war, and if you know of any feel free to mention them below.

Sources:
[1] CS Lewis Institute
[2] ABC Australia