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Perelandra. Part Two of the Space Trilogy. Perelandra. Part Two of the Space Trilogy. Perelandra = Venus. Perelandra is what the natives of Venus call Venus. Perelandra. Part Two of the Space Trilogy. Perelandra only has two natives, One is the Green Lady. Perelandra.

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Part Two of the Space Trilogy



Part Two of the Space Trilogy

Perelandra = Venus

Perelandra is what the natives of Venus call Venus



Part Two of the Space Trilogy

Perelandra only has two natives, One is the Green Lady.



Part Two of the Space Trilogy

And the other is The King.

  • Ransom is sent to Perelandra by Maleldil
  • There he meets the Green Lady and re-encounters Weston
  • Weston tempts the Green Lady
  • Ransom kills Weston many times preventing the fall of Perelandra.
  • In the end they were blissfully, blissfully happy.
  • Analogous to God.
  • “I did not even doubt the reality of the mysterious being whom the Elidila call Maleldil and to whom they appear to give total obedience such as no Tellurian (Earthly) dictator can command.  I knew what Ransom supposed Maleldil to be. ”
  • “My spirit praises Maleldil who comes down from Deep Heaven into this lowness? It is He who is strong and makes me strong and fills empty worlds with good creatures. ”
  • So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. ~Genesis 1:27
  • Very similar to angels, as we know them.
  • “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who willinherit salvation?” ~  Hebrews 1:14
  • “He had met the creatures called Eldila. The Eldila are very different from any planetary creatures. They do not eat, breed, breathe, or suffer natural death. Though they appear on planets and may even seem to our senses to be sometimes resident in them, the precise spatial location of an Eldila at any moment presents great problems.  They themselves regard space (or “Deep Heaven”) as their true habitat, and the planets are to them not closed worlds but merely moving points, perhaps even interruptions, in what we know as the Solar System and they as the Field of Arbol.”
  • Earth is very old compared to Perelandra
  • Perelandra is just going through the time of testing like in Genesis
  • The Green Lady is “The Mother”
  • The King is “The Father”

Fixed Land

"Is there a law in your world

not to sleep in a Fixed Land?"

"Yes," said the Lady.

"Maleldil Himself has told me now. And it could not be so, if your world has no floating lands. But He is not telling me why He has forbidden it to us."

fixed land
Fixed Land
  • Genesis 2:16-17
  • Perelandrians not allowed to sleep on dry land
  • No analogous character in the Creation account
  • Too bad there wasn’t, then there might have been no fall on Earth.
green lady the queen
Green Lady (The Queen)
  • Green Lady is the Mother.
  • The Green Lady and the King were naked.
  • Maleldil gave them the command not to sleep on the fixed land.
  • The Green Lady is tempted by Weston.
  • The Green Lady was separated from the King.
  • Difference: the Green Lady resisted the temptation, while Eve seems to give in rather easily…though the Green Lady also had Ransom’s help.
the king
The King
  • The King is separated from the Lady when she is tempted.
  • When Ransom finally sees the King, he sees the image of God, unblemished by the fall.
  • Question: Would our likeness to God be more clearly perceptible if the fall had not taken place?
  • The King names things, as Adam was given charge to do.
weston un man
Weston (Un-man)
  • Weston is possessed by a demon (or Satan himself, for all we know), and the serpent is Satan.
  • Weston’s tempting of the Lady is remarkably similar to Satan’s tempting of Eve in Genesis.
ransom s heel and weston s head
Ransom’s Heel and Weston’s Head
  • "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, here goes--I mean Amen," said Ransom, and hurled the stone as hard as he could into the Un-man's face.
  • Ransom looked down and saw that his heel was still bleeding. "Yes," he said, "it is where the Evil One bit me. The redness is of blood."
  • In Genesis 3:15 it is written "And I will put enmity between you [serpent] and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel."
  • In Perelandra Ransom is "bruised" on the heel by the Un-man and the Un-man is "bruised" on the head by Ransom.
ransom s killing irony
Ransom’s Killing: Irony?
  • Ransom and Weston were engaged in Spiritual warfare over the temptationof the Green Lady for many days.
  • Ransom knew that this debate could not go on forever.
  • Maleldil told Ransom that in order to end the temptation of the Lady; he would have to kill Weston.

“And will you teach us Death?” said the Lady to Weston’s shape, where it stood above her.

“Yes,” it said, “it is for this that I came here, that you may have Death in abundance.”

  • “If the issue lay in Maleldil’s hands, Ransom and the Lady were those hands.” ~Ransom
  • “It is not for nothing that you were named Ransom.” ~The Voice
  • “My name is also Ransom.” ~The Voice
  • “You might look upon the Perelandrian story as merely an indirect consequence of the Incarnation on earth: or you might look on the Earth story as mere preparation for the new worlds of which Perelandrea was the first. The one was neither more nor less true than the other. Nothing was more or less important than anything else.”

“You might say, if you liked, that the power of choice had been simply set aside and an inflexible destiny substituted for it. On the other hand, you might say that he had delivered from the rhetoric of his passions and had emerged into unassailable freedom. Ransom could not, for the life of him, see any difference between these two statements. Predestination and freedom were apparently identical.” ~Ransom

what if
What If...?
  • The fall hadn’t happened?
  • Eve had resisted that snake?
  • Our fall affected our world only, and not the entire universe?
  • If this is the case, what if there are other worlds in which the fall did not take place, which live in perfect harmony under God’s watchful eyes?