Questions tagged [the-chronicles-of-narnia]

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 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 you family, ...
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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: ...
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Which Narnia book corresponds to which planet?

In case people haven't heard of it, there's a brilliant theory which suggests that each of C S Lewis's seven Narnia books corresponds to one of the seven 'planets' of pre-Copernican astronomy (the Sun,...
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How did the White Witch know how to pronounce the deplorable word?

How did the White Witch know how to pronounce the deplorable word, anyway? No one could have spoken it to her, because that would invoke it...
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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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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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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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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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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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What exactly was C.S.Lewis's opinion on the reading order of “Magician's Nephew” within Narnia books?

When looking at discussions of reading order of Narnia books, I see two contradictory opinions: that C.S. Lewis opined in favor of reading "The Magician's Nephew" in published order (e.g. here), or ...
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How do multiple children enter the World of Narnia?

If, when a person is in Narnia, time does not pass in the real world and children who visit Narnia enter it one at a time (as in a queue), then after the first child crosses over how do the other 3 ...
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Why were the crowds cheering Caspian, Aslan and the others?

In Prince Caspian, the movie version at least, at the end after the great battle we get a city scene showing Caspian, 4 kings, Aslan and various Narnia creatures riding into the city, being cheered by ...
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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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What is the relationship between Fillory and Narnia?

I've recently started reading the book "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman. There is considerable mention of a land known as Fillory, which seems to be related to Narnia, from C.S. Lewis's series.. Is ...
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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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What determines if the Wardrobe works or not?

When Lucy returns from Narnia after her first visit, her siblings open the wardrobe to confirm her story. However, they find it to be a normal wardrobe. Why did the wardrobe work the first time, but ...
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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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What order should the Chronicles of Narnia books be read in?

I've heard a lot of good things about C.S. Lewis's series "The Chronicles of Narnia." But I don't know what order I should read them in. Should I read them in the order they were written/published, or ...
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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 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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If Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy were the only humans in Narnia, how did the human population emerge?

I'm going to rule out incest here, I don't suppose that's what Lewis had in mind. If I had to guess, I'd say that at some point between The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian other ...
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If two humans enter Narnia through the Wardrobe with 10 years between them and come back to our world together, at what point in time do they arrive?

I call it "the Wardrobe Paradox." Would they arrive independently at their respective time of entry, or would one of them arrive at the other's time?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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In C.S. Lewis' Narnia stories, how was “Calormen/Calormene” originally pronounced?

I grew up pronouncing them "CAL-er-men" and "CAL-er-mean", but I've increasingly heard "cuh-LOR-men" for both instead, which I like better. Did C. S. Lewis ever say which he used, or does someone (...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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) ...
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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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How much time passed between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian?

The book series will nonchalantly say "hundreds" or "a thousand" or "thousands" of years in different places throughout, but is it ever stated exactly how much time passed between Peter, Susan, Edmund,...
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Is there an official teaser poster for “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair” film?

This image on the WikiNarnia appears to be an official teaser image for the 2016 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, but I have not found any news source which announces any members of ...
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How did the Telmarines get to Narnia?

In the movie "The Chronicles of Narnia : Prince Caspian" there is a kingdom of humans called Telmarines. We know that these people are in fact humans because the White Witch says that she needs the '...
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What are the differences between Adult and Kid versions of The Chronicles of Narnia?

There are two different versions of The Chronicles of Narnia books in the market: Adults and Children. Which one's original (meaning, originally released by the C. S. Lewis)? And, what are the ...