More on the Influence of Freedom on Character in The Horse and His Boy

I wrote last week about the influence freedom has on the Narnians’ actions toward their fellow men (and animals).  However, what I did not have time to write about was how this freedom influences their attitudes as well. If one reads enough C.S. Lewis, it becomes clear that the Narnians are Lewis’s interpretation of a … Continue reading More on the Influence of Freedom on Character in The Horse and His Boy

The Influence of Freedom on Character in The Horse and His Boy

In The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis portrays the Narnians as being honourable, gracious, and genuine people.  This is especially evident in The Horse and His Boy owing to its Calormen setting.  The customs and culture of Calormen are placed beside those of Narnia; and the Narnians are seen from the perspective of Calormenes, or … Continue reading The Influence of Freedom on Character in The Horse and His Boy

The Wearing of Time on Mortal-Immortal Relationship

Sometimes, in reading a work of literature, I encounter a snippet of wording which illuminates a previously unnoticed pattern in another work.  This was the case with a particular reference in W.B. Yeats’ preface to Lady Gregory’s translation of the Finn Cycle to the degradation of the mortal-immortal relationship over the course of Irish mythology.  … Continue reading The Wearing of Time on Mortal-Immortal Relationship

Rereading The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part 1: The Hobbit (Raw Reflections)

Hello, my friends, This fall I have been re-treading the paths of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  My brother is taking a Socratic discussion1 course on these works and I leapt at the opportunity to reread them.  As I finish each book, I will share with you the thoughts that come to … Continue reading Rereading The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part 1: The Hobbit (Raw Reflections)