Perelandra

by

C. S. Lewis

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The King/Tor Character Analysis

The King is the Green Lady’s husband and Perelandra’s biblical Adam figure. Although he is renowned as the wisest being on Perelandra, he does not appear in the story until its very end, both because the waves have separated him from the Lady and because the action focuses on the Lady’s struggle with sin and temptation and not his. Nevertheless, he undergoes his own journey of being taught by Maleldil about the possibility of sin and death, as well as many other things. When Ransom meets the King, he thinks the King looks like Christ. After taking the throne, the King is called Tor.

The King/Tor Quotes in Perelandra

The Perelandra quotes below are all either spoken by The King/Tor or refer to The King/Tor. 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:
Exploration, Wonder, and God’s Plan Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Perelandra published in 2003.
Chapter 16 Quotes

"The world is born to-day," said Malacandra. "To-day for the first time two creatures of the low worlds, two images of Maleldil that breathe and breed like the beasts, step up that step at which your parents fell, and sit in the throne of what they were meant to be. It was never seen before. Because it did not happen in your world a greater thing happened, but not this. Because the greater thing happened in Thulcandra, this and not the greater thing happens here."

"Elwin is falling to the ground," said the other voice.

Related Characters: Lewis (speaker), The Green Lady/The Queen/Tinidril, The King/Tor
Page Number: 169
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 17 Quotes

The eyes of the Queen looked upon him with love and recognition, but it was not of the Queen that he thought most. It was hard to think of anything but the King. And how shall I—I who have not seen him—tell you what he was like? It was hard even for Ransom to tell me of the King's face. But we dare not withhold the truth. It was that face which no man can say he does not know. You might ask how it was possible to look upon it and not to commit idolatry, not to mistake it for that of which it was the likeness. For the resemblance was, in its own fashion, infinite, so that almost you could wonder at finding no sorrows in his brow and no wounds in his hands and feet.

Page Number: 177
Explanation and Analysis:

"So this is hru," he said at last. "I have never seen such a fluid before. And this is the substance wherewith Maleldil remade the worlds before any world was made."

He washed the foot for a long time but the bleeding did not stop. "Does it mean Piebald will die?" said Tinidril at last.

"I do not think so," said Tor. "I think that any of his race who has breathed the air that he has breathed and drunk the waters that he has drunk since he came to the Holy Mountain will not find it easy to die. Tell me, Friend, was it not so in your world that after they had lost their paradise the men of your race did not learn to die quickly?"

"I had heard," said Ransom, "that those first generations were long livers, but most take it for only a Story or a Poetry and I had not thought of the cause."

Related Characters: Lewis (speaker), Dr. Elwin Ransom (speaker), The King/Tor (speaker), The Green Lady/The Queen/Tinidril (speaker)
Page Number: 189
Explanation and Analysis:
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The King/Tor Character Timeline in Perelandra

The timeline below shows where the character The King/Tor appears in Perelandra. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
...to her world. She doesn’t. He then asks if she can take him to her King, but she doesn’t know where he is. The Lady tries to explain to Ransom that... (full context)
Chapter 6
Exploration, Wonder, and God’s Plan Theme Icon
Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
...She thinks for a while and then explains that Maleldil has bidden her and the King never to sleep on the Fixed Land, though they may walk on it. This means... (full context)
Exploration, Wonder, and God’s Plan Theme Icon
Fear, Adventure, and Will Theme Icon
Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
...this with wonder, but she isn’t distracted from her purpose: she is searching for the King. She proposes that they visit the Fixed Land in search of him and summons the... (full context)
Chapter 8
Exploration, Wonder, and God’s Plan Theme Icon
Temptation and the Nature of Evil Theme Icon
...new ideas to her through Ransom and himself instead of through himself or through the King, he’s “making [her] older.” Maleldil, he suggests, is making the Green Lady “a full woman”... (full context)
Chapter 10
Fear, Adventure, and Will Theme Icon
Temptation and the Nature of Evil Theme Icon
...Weston until she’s certain that she doesn’t have to undertake some great deed for the King’s and their future children’s sake. Weston has at least succeeded in presenting disobedience to her... (full context)
Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
Temptation and the Nature of Evil Theme Icon
...far, the Lady’s sense of duty is still bound up with her love for the King and even for Maleldil. But as the Un-man keeps droning on with his stories, there’s... (full context)
Chapter 16
Exploration, Wonder, and God’s Plan Theme Icon
The King and Queen of Perelandra are climbing up the mountain even now, so the eldila—who have... (full context)
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...ceremony is about to begin. As a perfect morning light settles over the valley, the King and Queen appear, and the eldila bow before them. (full context)
Chapter 17
Exploration, Wonder, and God’s Plan Theme Icon
Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
Ransom, too, falls before the King and Queen, calling them his Father and his Mother. It’s his first time seeing the... (full context)
Exploration, Wonder, and God’s Plan Theme Icon
...saying. The Oyarsa grants all of Perelandra and its creatures into the keeping of the King and Queen. They should name the creatures, guide them, and rule over them with love.... (full context)
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Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
The King speaks again, saying that their children will always speak of Ransom, and he tells Ransom... (full context)
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Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
Temptation and the Nature of Evil Theme Icon
...to “reject the wave”—to determine her own course instead of accepting what Maleldil sent. The King adds that now he and the Queen understand what evil is, but that they learned... (full context)
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The King, Tor, proclaims that the Fixed Land will become a place dedicated to the splendor of... (full context)
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Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
Temptation and the Nature of Evil Theme Icon
...relieved. Maleldil himself will go down to the planet, along with many others like the King. All the evils of the world will be shown plainly for what they are, and... (full context)
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...mean for all the other worlds, like Malacandra? Ransom wonders what it’s all driving toward. Tor explains that it will be “The beginning of the Great Game” or the “Great Dance.” (full context)
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At this point, the five of them—the eldila, the King and Queen, and Ransom—enter into a series of speeches. They speak of the Great Dance... (full context)
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Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
...back from it, the eldila are gone, and so are the animals. He and the King and Queen are still in the valley. They tell Ransom that an entire year has... (full context)
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Innocence and Incorruption Theme Icon
...that soon the eldila will be coming to take Ransom back to his world. The King notices Ransom’s bleeding foot and insists on washing it for him in the pool. Soon,... (full context)