Friday, February 11, 2005

Security is Mortals' Greatest Enemy

'Courage,' said Slikesteinsauga, 'you are seeing the land as it really is. It is long but very narrow. Beyond these crags and cloud on the North it sinks immediately into the Arctic Sea, beyond which again lies the Enemy's country. But the Enemy's country is joined up with ours on the North by a land bridge called the Isthmus Sadisticus and right amid that Isthmus sits the cold dragon, the cold, costive, crustacean dragon who wishes to enfold all that he can get within the curl of his body and then to draw his body tighter round it so as to have it all inside himself. And you, John, when we pass the Isthmus must go up and contend with him that you may be hardened. But on the South, as soon as it passes into these swamps and this other cloud, the land sinks into the Southern Sea: and across that sea also there comes a land bridge, the Isthmus Mazochisticus, where the hot dragon crawls, the expansive, invertebrate dragon whose fiery breath makes all that she touches melt and corrupt. And to her you, Vertue, must go down that you may steal her heat and be made malleable.'

'Upon my soul,' said John, 'I think Mother Kirk treats us very ill. Since we have followed her and eaten her food the way seems twice as narrow and twice as dangerous as it did before.'

'You all know,' said the Guide, 'that security is mortals' greatest enemy.'
~C.S. Lewis, The Pilgrim's Regress, Book Ten: The Regress "The Same Yet Different" (1933)

Cool Link of the Day: Hear Tolkien's Voice -- Links to four sound files of Tolkien reading excerpts from The Lord of the Rings.

4 Comment(s):

At Fri Feb 11, 12:48:00 PM EST, Blogger Joelle said...

I can't find a copy of Pilgrim's Regress! Where did you get yours?

At Fri Feb 11, 01:21:00 PM EST, Blogger Arevanye said...


I think I tried an auction, got outbid, and then just went for a "buy it now" listing.

At Sat Feb 12, 01:39:00 AM EST, Blogger Bob said...

Hearing Tolkien was amazing! I've never heard his voice before. It's not quite what I expected. I'm not certain what I did expect (probably something more like my own grandfather). Very cool.

At Mon Feb 14, 10:27:00 AM EST, Blogger jesusandME said...

He sounds very, refined. I know he's an oxford Don, but for some reason it never occured to me to think he would sound that.. posh! He reminds me of the guy who used to narrate the Clangers. Remember that?


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