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In C.S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, what is the name and geographic...

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Posted September 7, 2010 at 6:34 AM via web

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In C.S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, what is the name and geographic location of Ramandu's island?

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henryscholar | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted September 10, 2010 at 1:10 PM (Answer #1)

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Some of the islands the Dawn Treader visits - Galma, Terebinthia, Doorn, for example - have names, but Ramandu's island does not. It is the last place the voyagers visit before they venture onto the Silver Sea, the Utter East and Aslan's country. Where before visiting the island of the Duffers the voyagers had been heading in a more or less easterly direction, afterward a powerful sea current begins to carry them almost due south. Along the way they encounter the Dark Island where nightmares come true, but after Aslan sets them free from its terrors, they sail on to Ramandu's Island. It is a land with long, surf-tossed beaches, without mountains but "many gentle hills with slopes like pillows". In vain does Captain Drinian of the Dawn Treader search for a deep harbour to anchor the ship. Finally, he has to content himself with a shallow bay which required "a wet and tumbling" landfall in the boat. In the head of the valley which lay inland from where King Caspian and the royal children landed, lies a rectangular space surrounded by ancient pillars, but within dominated by a long, banquet table loaded with many fine, rare foods.    

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