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For questions about the fantasy series created by C.S. Lewis 'The Chronicles of Narnia' that follows the mythical realm of Narnia. The first three books (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) were later made into popular films. Also refers to the mythical land of Narnia within the series.

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Why didn't Miraz get up?

In Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis, the illegitimate King Miraz is challenged to a duel by the High King of Narnia, Peter Pevensie. However, during the fight, Miraz falls down and Peter steps back to ...
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What is the proper formatting for "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"? [closed]

The italicizing of titles of books is standard in text. However, when the name of a ship or sea vessel is referred to, it is also italicized. When something is italicized inside of italics, it is un-...
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Why are the Kings of Narnia always "Emperor" of the Lone Islands?

Whenever a King of Narnia's full title is mentioned in the Chronicles of Narnia, it is mentioned that he is "Emperor of the Lone Islands". Why are the Lone Islands always governed by an &...
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Is this capitalization of the word "Nice" necessary or is it a mistake?

While re-reading The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis, I noticed that the word "nice" was capitalized in the print. I'm wondering if this was intentional, or if it was a mistake? Here is the ...
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Is this scene in "The Triumph of the Witch" a deliberate allusion to the Bible?

C. S. Lewis was well known for connecting The Chronicles of Narnia to various concepts through Christianity. However, a scene caught my attention during a reread the other night in Chapter 14 of The ...
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What is meant by "Polly went down and had her bath; at least she said that was what she'd been doing..." in The Magician's Nephew?

In The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis, the characters bathe in a mountain stream during Digory's journey to get the silver apple for Aslan. Lewis says of Polly's turn: Polly went down and had her ...
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Are these two groups of trees the same in the Chronicles of Narnia?

In at least two books of C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, a group of "four trees" is mentioned. Shortly after Digory has planted the tree to protect Narnia in The Magician's Nephew, his ...
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Is the repetition of "faster than you can say Jack Robinson" deliberate in C.S. Lewis' books?

In C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, I noticed the repetition of the phrase "faster than you could say Jack Robinson" as a descriptive sentence in both The Lion, The Witch, And The ...
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Where did the name “Narnia” come from? What does this name mean?

What inspired C.S. Lewis to name his imaginary world “Narnia?”
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Did C.S. Lewis ever explain the train wreck in The Last Battle?

(Spoilers) In The Last Battle, the main characters of the series arrive in Narnia one last time, having died in a train wreck in England. "There's not much to tell," said Peter. "Edmund and I ...
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How did Tolkien and Lewis come to use the similar names "neekerbreeker" and "Nikabrik"?

I noticed today, after being reminded of the episode in The Fellowship of the Ring, when Strider and the hobbits are crossing the Midgewater Marshes, where they hear countless noisy insects, There ...
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In The Last Battle, what made Rishda Tarkaan Tash's "lawful prey"?

In Chapter 12 King Tirian was able to force his combatant Rishda Tarkaan into the stable, forcing Rishda to face Carlomene's god Tash. But immediately, from behind Tash, strong and calm as the summer ...
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How did Jadis, The White Witch, obtain the right to kill a traitor in Narnia?

In chapter 13 (Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time) of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Jadis claimed that a traitor's life belong to her, but nothing was said about it in The Magician's Nephew, ...
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What became of the rings buried in the Magician's Nephew?

Toward the end of the Magician's Nephew, Aslan told Digory and Polly to bury all the magic rings, and they buried it in a circle around the place where Digory planted the core of the apple he brought ...
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Do any editions of Chronicles of Narnia use the publication order numbering?

It seems that nearly everyone online suggests to read the Chronicles of Narnia in its original intended publication order (see for example the answers on this question), but it also seems that the ...
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What's C. S. Lewis's obsession with clean, dry swords?

Three times in the chronicles of Narnia, Lewis describes a character cleaning or drying his sword. In none of them is it necessary to the rest of the plot. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: Peter,...
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Are the Narnia books and Harry Potter set in the same fictional universe?

I've noticed many similarities for example: the lion symbol on the suits of armor looks exactly the same as Harry Potter's Gryffindor lion there are 7 books in the Narnia and Harry Potter ...
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At what point did C. S. Lewis decide that humans were a normal part of Narnia's world?

C. S. Lewis wrote most of The Chronicles of Narnia without a long-term plan. In most cases, he published each volume with little to no idea what the next one would be about. (The major exception ...
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What was the giant Time's new name in The Last Battle?

In the fourth book of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Silver Chair, Jill and Eustace encounter the largest of all giants, asleep underground. When they had walked for several miles, they came to a ...
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Missing day in The Horse and His Boy

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy, there seems to be a discrepancy in the timing of events. After Shasta has given the warning to king Lune, he falls behind as their hunting party ...
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Where did Mrs. Beaver get a sewing machine?

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Mrs. Beaver has a sewing machine that she uses in her first appearance (emphasis mine). The first thing that Lucy noticed as she went in was a kind of ...
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Was C.S.Lewis, through Aslan, referring to nuclear destruction?

With respect to this question about the Deplorable Word, Aslan states in The Magician's Nephew: "It is not certain that some wicked one of your race will not find out a secret as evil as the ...
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Do non-speaking animals in Narnia have souls?

In Tolkien's legendarium, humans have the unique gift of being able to leave the world after death. However, Tolkien's friend C. S. Lewis had a different conception of the afterlife in his novels. ...
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish Delight as temptation for Edmund?

As today's xkcd so neatly puts it, The Chronicles of Narnia gives a really unrealistic impression of how good Turkish Delight tastes: Have some Turkish delight. If you betray your family, there's ...
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What happened to the humans in Narnia between the reigns of King Frank and Queen Helen, and that of Jadis?

I've got that humans have presumably been in Narnia prior to the reign of Jadis, as per Frank and Helen being there. We know that there were plenty of humans after her reign, as we can see in other ...
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Is Narnia high or low fantasy? [closed]

I had a query about what genre of fantasy does Narnia belong to- high or low. Wikipedia says that High fantasy is defined as fantasy set in an alternative, fictional ("secondary") world, rather ...
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How did Lucy/Edmund travel multiple times to Narnia (in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)?

How did Lucy/Edmund travel multiple times to Narnia (in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) when it says later you can't travel the same way twice and certainly not if you’re looking for it as Lucy ...
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What does Aslan mean about being a bridge builder in our world?

(Building on a bit of discussion from here: Are the "wood between worlds" and Aslan's Country related in some way? ) In the Chronicles of Narnia, it is well established that Aslan's ...
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Is that actually the White Witch in the Ritual Scene?

Spoilers if you haven't seen or read Prince Caspian. So, in Prince Caspian, some evil guys: In the movie, I'm aware this doesn't exactly happen in the books. But my question is, is this actually ...
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Is there an official pronunciation of the name "Jadis" from CS Lewis?

Does anyone know of an official pronunciation of the name "Jadis", for the White Witch, in CS Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia? I've heard variations on the "a" as: ā: as in "jay" (seems common in ...
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What was the price Jadis paid to learn the deplorable word, and who taught her the word?

We know that Jadis used this word to cast a spell over Charn and this brought about the destruction of everybody there except for her. However, who taught Jadis the Deplorable Word and what was the '...
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Did Aslan's army contain normal horses?

In the 2005 film Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, there is an overhead shot of Aslan's army right before he comes out of his tent the first time. In that shot, there are ...
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Why does the White Witch need all four Pevensies?

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe, the White Witch is intent on getting all four of the children to her house. "Oh, but if I took you there now," said she, "I shouldn't see your brother and ...
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What did Gaiman have in mind in the nightmare end sequence in "The Problem of Susan"?

Inspired by Why was Susan treated so unkindly? I'm asking the following question about the Neil Gaiman short story The Problem of Susan. What did Gaiman have in mind in the nightmare/dream sequence at ...
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How did Susan forget about Narnia?

Related to Why was Susan treated so unkindly? The children were in Narnia a long time, at least as far as time in the UK goes. By some counts at least 15 years even if just for the first time, not to ...
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Why was Susan treated so unkindly?

Warning: Narnia spoilers ahead! And also much, much text.   At the end of chapter 12 in The Last Battle, the final installment of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, we are told that, “My sister Susan,”...
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Where did Mr Tumnus get the packages from?

When Lucy first meets Mr Tumnus he is carrying shopping packages. I don't recall any mention of Narnian cities near the Lamp-post though so where has he got the packages from?
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish references including "Aslan"?

So "Aslan" is the creator of Narnia and a magical powerful lion. When I was reading the books I didn't realize that Aslan was actually the real name of this lion because "Aslan" means "lion" in ...
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Did C.S. Lewis create the lamp-post in response to a comment by J.R.R. Tolkien?

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had a pretty legendary rivalry/friendship. In particular, it's fairly well known that Tolkien aimed for "higher" fantasy, compared to Lewis. I've heard some people ...
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What happened to Father Christmas' gifts to the Pevensies?

For a novel I'd like to start, I'm interested in discovering what happened to the gifts that Aslan (through Father Christmas) gave to Peter, Susan, and Lucy Pevensie: Peter's sword Rhindon and his ...
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What are all these items from the Narnia books?

My favourite edition of CS Lewis's Narnia series has covers featuring a variety of significant items from the books wrapped around by twining leaves and branches, as shown in the image below (from The ...
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Are the "wood between worlds" and Aslan's Country related in some way?

In The Magician's Nephew we read that movement between worlds can be accomplished by traveling with magic rings to a "wood between worlds" that contains pools acting as gateways. My question is: how ...
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In-universe, is Aslan actually Jesus?

In the Narnia series, the character of Aslan bears many similarities to Jesus Christ: worshipped as a god but only the son of a much greater god (the Emperor-over-the-Sea) sacrificed for the sake of ...
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Did CS Lewis ever write other Narnia works?

Did C.S. Lewis ever write (or authorise) any other works that are canonicaly set in the Chronicles of Narnia universe? To clarify, I'm asking about works (of any length) besides for the main seven ...
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Is there a full map of Narnia?

Is there any map that shows the whole of Narnia? Each of the seven books seem to include a different map.
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How does Narnia's Father Christmas work?

While reading this question, I began to wonder how Santa/Father Christmas works according to the Narnia series. We know he's a real person (since the children meet him in the first published book) We ...
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How did Uncle Digory visit Narnia?

In the movie, Uncle Digory used to believe Lucy's stories of Narnia and he showed the expression that he experienced Narnia before. I thought he visited Narnia through the same wardrobe when he was ...
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What part did the kids' uncle play in Narnia?

It's not exactly in my mind, but when the kids returned from Narnia, they said something like "you won't believe it" to their uncle. But, the uncle (the owner of the mansion) did not seem surprised, ...
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Unauthorized sequels to the Narnia books? [closed]

By "unauthorized" I mean "not by C. S. Lewis." For example, Neil Gaiman wrote a (lovely in my opinion) short story titled "The Problem of Susan," collected in his fragile things short story and poems ...
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What is the time difference between Prince Caspian and The Dawn Treader?

So, a question was asked earlier: How much time passed between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian? And I had made a comment that was, rightly suggested, to ask as a question. ...
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