LOTRO- Finding Narnia ( In Middle-earth )

“This is the land of Narnia,' said the Faun, 'where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.”  (C. S. Lewis)

 Is this Narnia or Middle-earth ? Or maybe both ? One of the most beautiful places that has just been created in LOTRO 's Wildermore is Balewood which seem to come straight out of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.  Balewood is an enchanted winter wonderland forest, a truly  magical place if you ignore orcs, wood trolls, and other foul creatures living there. Exploring the wonderful places of LOTRO is always been one of my favorite pastimes when I feel  sad, I often go on an exploring adventure. 

The  Lamp-post in Narnia is a very important landmark which in many ways reminds me of the Two Trees Of Valinor created by Yavanna ,  described by Tolkien.  The Lamp-post originated on the first day of Narnia's creation, from a bar of iron that Queen Jadis (the White Witch) had torn from a London lamp-post, which she had thrown at Aslan. Aslan, at the time, was creating the living things of Narnia through his song, which made the ground of Narnia magically fertile, and gave birth to all the animals and plants of the world. The iron bar fell to the ground, and, under the influence of Aslan's song, grew into a new and full-sized lamppost in just a few hours.  The Lamp-post burns continuously and without fuel in the beautiful snow-covered  forest of Narnia.

"It will not go out of my mind that if we pass this post and lantern, either we shall find strange adventures or else some great changes of our fortunes. 
(C. S. Lewis)

I love lanterns  and what they symbolize : as they give light in an expanded way , they represents how we may choose to allow our inner light to shine outward for others to have a little more visibility through our auras. In other words, our conduct through our thoughts and actions cast a sort of light through the auras around us showing who we really are, and the path we are following . To be more of who we really are is to allow our 'inner lantern'  to shine our light. And each of us carry a different lantern  and when the lights of different lanterns meet  the result is an even more wonderful light. 

"Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?”  (Mr Tumnus - C.S. Lewis)

So there you go, now you know why when I am sad I can often be found in the spare room,  inside my wardrobe looking for Narnia and its Lamp-post in the hope to meet  Mr Tumnus  and share a lovely cup of tea by a warm fire while outside it is snowing.  



Brett said...

It's not unusual to find symbols of C.S. Lewis in Tolkien's work and vice versa; they were great friends and would bounce ideas off one another. Lewis was the first to read much of Tolkien's writings.

Leilani Amorey said...

Thank you for your comment, Brett. Both Tolkien and Lewis were part of The Inklings they used to share lots of thoughts/ideas/writing every week when they met at The Eagle And Child pub in Oxford. I personally like both Middle-earth and Narnia very much :)