Last weekend I started to lead you all on a CS Lewis Narnian Trail. Part of that trail was through East Belfast and the Mountains of Mourne. It’s an area known as the ‘real-life Narnia’ as the scenic beauty inspired CS Lewis to write about the land of Narnia. In fact, if this is your first visit here you can read and view the pictures here. However, just let me finish off our little trip around the Mournes with the following:
Giants and Stone Tables
Northern Ireland is known for its myths and legends especially of giants. And like myself ‘Jack’ would have been told those stories as a child. Furthermore, the Legananny Dolmen in Co Down is supposed to mark a giant’s grave. Moreover, the word ‘dolmen’ is an ancient name meaning a ‘Stone Table’.
As for the big boulder overlooking Carlingford Lough at Rostrevor – it’s quite a stone! Supposedly the famous giant Finn McCool got into a fight with Ruscaire the Ice Giant. That’s what I was told as a child! This is supposed to be one of the boulders they threw at each other across the Lough. Its called the Cloughmore Stone or as the locals call it ‘The Big Stone’.
I spent many a Saturday afternoon up at the Big Stone on family picnics.
That part of Rostrevor that overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia” ~ C.S. Lewis.
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Our Meeting With Digory
Eventually, we headed back into East Belfast again. This time to the Holywood Arches and just wait till you see who we bumped into.
No other than Digory!
The artist Ross Wilson, states that the sculpture seeks to ‘capture the great ideas of sacrifice, redemption, victory and freedom for the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve’ that lie at the heart of The Chronicles of Narnia.
“The image of the man walking towards the wardrobe is a stylized heroic image of C. S. Lewis representing the searcher: an almost ‘everyman’ setting out to find Aslan. I hope it will be seen as a pointer as well, to show that sometimes the greatest things can be found in the unlikeliest of places, a wardrobe, a world beyond a wardrobe”.
Ross Wilson “The chair may be used as a vehicle of transport; as the viewer is seated on the bronze chair they travel through Lewis via imagination to Narnia”.
- The Searcher Centenary Sculpture
- CS “Jack” Lewis – Ulsterman
- Writer, Scholar, Teacher, Christian
- Born 1898, Reborn 1931