Dec 16, 2016 12:10 PM

Does The Chronicles of Narnia Promote Hashish?

The Chronicles of Narnia is a fantasy book that is loved by millions of children around the globe. The story shows us a magical portal that allows children to escape the cruel reality of the war and have adventures in the land of talking animals, witches, and flying horses. However, magic had been present in fiction since people started writing down folklore and myths. And, unfortunately, some may interpret C. S. Lewis's work as drug-induced hallucinations that promote marijuana.

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At first sight, it may seem strange that a children's book can relate to marijuana consumption in any way. However, there is an opinion that Lewis is a tool of Satan who promotes cannabis to children. Let us not dismiss the thought without further inspection and search for the hints that may lay at the base of the theory.

First of all, it is worth mentioning that C. S. Lewis was a Christian theologian. Yet, the same group that claims the unworthiness of the writer says that he has been a fake prophet who spread false beliefs.

Turning to the pages of the book, we see many classical high-fantasy tropes, characters, and behaviors. For example, dwarfs, as it is common for them throughout all fiction, smoke tobacco pipes, and warriors drink wine from time to time. The presence of tobacco and alcohol in a child's tale is often criticized by the masses, but it is nothing compared to the accusations of promoting weed. The same thing happened to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The book even contains more obvious hints of the presence of marijuana in the story. While you may be convinced that hobbits do smoke weed, The Chronicles of Narnia is not so simple to crack.

Do Hobbits Smoke Pot, or The Truth Behind Middle-Earth Pipe-Weed
Do Hobbits Smoke Pot, or The Truth Behind Middle-Earth Pipe-Weed
If you are a fan of Tolkien's works, you have probably noticed that the favorite pipe of the main hobbits has something to do with "weed." It does not matter whether you have read the books or just watched the movies, the long pipe our favorite hobbits and Gandalf are smoking could not escape your attention.

The main suggested allusion to marijuana is “Turkish delight.” The White Witch asks one of the main characters what he would like to eat. The boy asks for Turkish delight. If you have a sweet tooth, you know that this treat is rahat lokum—truly tasty sweets that were hard to come by in the time of World War II. However, if you track the cannabis tendencies of the 19th-20th centuries, you may find out that among the confectionery treats sent to America was Turkish Delight—square pieces of hashish containing sugar and gelatin, which were a particular favorite of the students at Cambridge University in England. And as Edmund eats and eats rahat and cannot stop, it may be suggested that he is addicted to it.

Lewis himself was a student at Oxford and probably knew about the numerous cases of students consuming Turkish Delight. The University had its share of stoners. Despite the great similarity, that could be a simple coincidence. Probably, Edmund is just a regular boy who has been deprived of sweets during the hard times of war and simply wants to enjoy his favorite treat.

While Lewis was a friend of Tolkien and Aldous Huxley, who did a fair share of psychedelia investigations in his works, there are no other mentions of marijuana in any other books of his. There is no proof that the author who is known for his academic and theologian achievements suddenly decided to poison children's minds with the example of marijuana consumption.

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