Out of the Silent Planet

Maleldil the Young Character Analysis

The partner of the Old One, who helped create the world and lives with the Old One through the entire universe. Maleldil stands for all that is good, and his orders are in the best interest of all the beings of the universe. His will is distributed to the intelligent inhabitants of Malacandra through Oyarsa and the eldila. Roughly analogous to the Christian concept of Jesus.

Maleldil the Young Quotes in Out of the Silent Planet

The Out of the Silent Planet quotes below are all either spoken by Maleldil the Young or refer to Maleldil the Young. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Out of the Silent Planet published in 2003.
Chapter 12 Quotes

I will tell you a day in my life that has shaped me; such a day as comes only once, like love, or serving Oyarsa in Meldilorn. Then I was young, not much more than a cub, when I went far, far up the handramit to the land where stars shine at midday and even water is cold. A great waterfall I climbed…Because I have stood there alone, Maleldil and I, for even Oyarsa sent me no word, my heart has been higher, my song deeper, all my days. But do you think it would have been so unless I had known that in Balki hneraki dwelled? There I drank life because death was in the pool.

Related Characters: Hyoi (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom, Maleldil the Young
Related Symbols: The Hnakra
Page Number: 76
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Maleldil the Young Character Timeline in Out of the Silent Planet

The timeline below shows where the character Maleldil the Young appears in Out of the Silent Planet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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...who created the world, but the hrossa gathered around him laugh and tell him that Maleldil the Young made the world. Maleldil lives with the Old One, and both of them... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...species’ instincts have perfected an ideal that remains unattainable for humans. Hyoi reminds Ransom that Maleldil made the hrossa so that they would be happy and not have to yearn for... (full context)
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Ransom asks why Maleldil would create the hnakra, if he only wants what is good for the hrossa. Hyoi... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...but that they both have much in common as beings made in the image of Maleldil. (full context)
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...even causing the desolation of the ancient forests on Malacandra. A great war began and Maleldil drove Earth’s oyarsa, the Bent One, back to Earth and bound him there to the... (full context)
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...Ransom: First, why the humans have come to Malacandra, and second, how the war between Maleldil and the Bent One is going on Thulcandra. Ransom answers the first by explaining that... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...is indeed closer to death than Earth and will soon be given lovingly back to Maleldil. Oyarsa reminds Weston that the Malacandrians did not invade Earth when their own harandras became... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...go with a warning not to be fearful and to listen to the will of Maleldil for his life. According to Oyarsa, this heavenly year was prophesized to be a year... (full context)
Postscript
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...greater type of creature than the hnau (though it is specifically not the home of Maleldil). Dr. Ransom then signs off, telling Lewis that he is still looking for further mentions... (full context)