Local author Greg Wright, an expert on the works of C.S. Lewis, has published a “Narnia Glossary of Obscure Terms,” an illustrated volume that according to a press release “helps young readers follow along as the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ leads them through exotic and archaic locales.”
The book has just been published by Methow Press.
Wright has complied a succinct list of the more puzzling terms from the Narnia lexicon and provided both entertaining definitions and explanations of the origins of many obscure terms, such as hyaline, gasometer, and monomachy, according to the release. Lewis also employs a wide array of terms used on shipboard and in stone fortifications which can be highly educational.
“Words can be incredibly fun,” says Wright, who started his writing career as an expert on both Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. “Both Tolkien and Lewis loved language in general, and archaic languages in particular.”
“Narnia Glossary of Obscure Terms” is illustrated by longtime collaborator Dawn Doughty Davidson. It can be found at Methow Valley Goods at TwispWorks and at The Iron Horse in Winthrop, or at Trail’s End Bookstore.
Methow Press will host a “Narnia Vocabulary Trivia Night” at Brix Wine Bar in Winthrop at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26. Guests will draw words from a hat, and win prizes if the know the correct definitions.