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That Hideous Strength

Nat Carlinhos

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For those of you who have read C.S. Lewis' "That Hideous Strength," what do you make of his references to Numinor and "The True West?" In the forward he stated that "those who would like to learn more about Numinor and the True West must (alas!) await the publication of much that that still exists only in the MSS of my friend, Professor J.R.R. Tolkien." Throughout the book, the way the characters reference Numinor makes it sound as though it really exists. Could Lewis have been basing this off that time when Tolkien still envisioned Arda being the actual history of this earth? Or is it no more significant than a fleeting allusion? Could Merlin and Numinor exist in the same universe?
 

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