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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Guest: Golg


From: CS Lewis' The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The quote: "Great Scott," exclaimed Eustace, "are there other lands still lower down?"
"Oh yes, Your Honour," said Golg. "Lovely places; what we call the Land of Bism. The country where we are now, the Witch's country, is what we call the Shallow Lands. It's a good deal too near the surface to suit us. Ugh!"

The riddle: Lewis loved to imagine new kinds of beings with their respective otherwise-structured civilizations. See his novel Out of the Silent Planet, set in Mars, where three different sentient species rule the planet, or rather, they are harmoniously ruled by it. The funny problem with the Land of Bism in the Chronicles of Narnia, though, is that it 'pops up out of nowhere' since it hadn't been mentioned before, much less so in The Magician's Nephew when Aslan creates the Narniaverse. So, their sudden appearance probably surprised the writer himself ^__^