In December 2015, Harry Lee Poe created somewhat of a sensation by revealing that he had found, on eBay, a Joint Broadcasting Committee 78 rpm record with two out of four parts of a previously unknown talk given by C. S. Lewis to the people of Iceland during the Second World War, entitled “The Norse Spirit in English Literature.”2 At the beginning of the talk Lewis states that “he [does] not know why he ha[s] been asked to address the people of Iceland” and Harry Lee Poe admits that “how Lewis came to be recruited and by whom remains a secret.”3 However, some information about the talk and its historical context is available, and this article intends to provide a few elements of the background to Lewis’ recording.

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