Journey to the Center of the Earth

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Journey to the Center of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne (published in the original French as Voyage au centre de la Terre.) The story involves a professor who leads a group of explorers and scientists down a volcano in Iceland to the "center of the Earth". They encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy. From a scientific point of view, this story has not aged quite as well as other Verne stories, since most of his ideas about what the interior of the Earth is like have since been proven wrong. However, a redeeming point to the story is Verne's own belief, told within the novel from the viewpoint of a character, that the inside of the Earth does indeed differ from that which the characters encounter.


The story is narrated by Axel Lidenbrock, nephew of an eminent German geologist and naturalist, Professor Otto Lidenbrock. The story begins in the Lidenbrock house in Hamburg, with Professor Lidenbrock having bought an original runic manuscript of an Icelandic saga written by Snorri Sturluson. Inside the manuscript, they find a coded note written in runic script, which is eventually deciphered as a note written by Arne Saknussemm, an alchemist of three centuries earlier, who claims to have discovered a passage to the centre of the earth, via Snæfell in Iceland.

Professor Lidenbrock is a man of astonishing impatience, and departs for Iceland immediately, taking his reluctant nephew with him. Before long they have arrived in Reykjavík, procured the services of a guide and travelled to the base of the volcano. They ascend to the crater, in which there are three smaller craters, and wait for the shadow of the tallest peak to touch a particular crater at noon on a particular day, which Saknussemm's note says contains the passage.

Descending into this crater, the party of three descend into the bowels of the earth, encountering many strange phenomena and great dangers. They reach a subterranean ocean and sail across it, before finding a passageway marked by Saknussem as the way ahead. However, it is blocked by a rockfall. The adventurers dynamite the fallen rocks, but the explosion is unexpectedly large and they are swept away by the sea rushing into the gap. Eventually they find themselves inside an erupting volcano, and are transported rapidly back to the surface of the earth, where they find that they have emerged from Stromboli.

Film versions

The novel has been made into several film versions:

A video game called Journey to the Centerxx of the Earth was released in 2003. It was produced by Frogwares.

Also a concept album called Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Rick Wakeman, released in 1974.

External links

es:Viaje al centro de la tierra fr:Voyage au centre de la Terre it:Viaggio al centro della Terra pl:Podróż do wnętrza Ziemi pt:Viagem ao centro da terra


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