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Lewis as a conlanger (was Re: OT More pens)

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 11, 2003, 20:11
Christopher Wright sikyal:

> PS: Since CS Lewis was a friend of JRR Tolkien, might Lewis have been a > conlanger? Is there any evidence to support it (esp. in the _Out of the > Silent Planet_ trilogy)?
In _Out of the Silent Planet_ we get a few tidbits of the Hrossan language, but not more than a dozen words or so. One gets the impression that Lewis may have created more, but I don't think there's much evidence that he was a compulsive, habitual conlanger like Father Tolkein. Of course, in _That Hideous Strength_ the language described in OotSP has mutated into the primaeval, uncorrupted language, which is of course much harder to describe plausibly. Jesse S. Bangs Jesus asked them, "Who do you say that I am?" And they answered, "You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the kerygma in which we find the ultimate meaning of our interpersonal relationship." And Jesus said, "What?"