Friday, 10 June 2016
The Twilight Of The Gods
"...thought the Twilight of the Gods meant the twilight in which the gods lived."
-CS Lewis, Surprised By Joy (London, 1964), Chapter V, p. 62.
I think that the twilight in which the gods live is a perfectly valid idea and a potential setting for stories. Perhaps Poul Anderson's character, Hadding, has found it:
"He seemed to be in a hall, alone with Gangleri."
-Poul Anderson, War Of The Gods (Tor Books, New York, 1999), p. 74.
There is gold-inlaid furniture, carved oak and a bearskin.
"But he could not see to the end of the building, nor to the crossbeams overhead. It was too huge, and full of a blue twilight." (ibid.)
A hall in Asgard? Was Anderson's account influenced by having read Lewis? Is the twilight a device to prevent the living Hadding from seeing too much of what might be a hereafter? Or is the gods' eyesight keen enough to see in what is to us twilight? Even if there is no connection between Lewis' "...twilight in which the gods lived..." and Anderson's "...blue twilight...," it is productive to bring them together like this. We have quoted Surprised By Joy before.