Together, the magical landscapes of County Antrim and County Down inspired one of the most fantastical worlds in English literature: Narnia
His preternatural land of Narnia, first introduced to the world with the publication in 1950 of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, fired the imaginations of generations of children. What child didn’t read CS Lewis’s series of seven fantasy novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, and wish they too could step into a wardrobe and out into another realm – one where talking animals led them on adventures to rid the world of evil, and they were rewarded by being crowned kings and queens? In Narnia, anything could happen and it often did.
Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898 and though he spent much of his life in England, he never forgot his homeland, which provided inspiration for his fictional world.
Scroll through these photos for a taste of the dramatic landscapes that fired his imagination and the legacy his stories have left.
For the full feature on the real Narnia see the Mar/Apr 2017 (May 2017 in the US) issue of BRITAIN.
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