Lost in Logres

lost |lɒst| past and past participle of lose


1 unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts: Help! We’re lost!

• unable to be found.

ORIGIN Old English losian ‘perish, destroy’, also ‘become unable to find’, from los ‘loss’.

in |ɪn|


1 expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by something else.

ORIGIN Old English in (preposition), inn, inne (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German in (preposition), German ein (adverb), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin in and Greek en .


Logres (also Logris or Loegria) is the name of King Arthur’s realm in the Matter of Britain.

I remember the time when Logres was only myself and one man and two boys – Merlinus, in C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength (Chapter 13, They Have Pulled Down Deep Heaven on Their Heads). Cf. Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur I:5.

The seas were left behind;

in a harbour of Logres

lightly I came to land

under a roaring wind.

Strained were the golden sails,

the masts of the galley creaked

as it rode for the Golden Horn

and I for the hills of Wales.

Charles Williams, Talessin Through Logres – Talessin’s Return to Logres (1931).

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