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Occupy… Narnia?

October 14, 2011 by


“You see, friends,” he said, “that before the new, clean world I gave you is even seven hours old, a force of evil has already entered it; waked and brought hither by this son of Adam.” The Beasts, even Strawberry, all turned their eyes on Digory till he felt that he wished the ground would […]

The Singer

October 7, 2011 by


If you are reading The Chronicles of Narnia in the order in which they were originally written (as I first did), then The Magician’s Nephew will not be your first glimpse of Aslan. But if it is, then it is a spectacular introduction. The first picture we have of this most central of Lewis’ characters […]

The Great Lion

September 5, 2011 by


The most important and central figure throughout The Chronicles of Narnia is, of course, Aslan – The Great Lion, the King of Beasts, the King of the Wood, and the son of the Emperor Beyond the Sea. He is a Christ figure, and he is more than that. Lewis put it this way:  “Supposing there […]

Digory Kirk

September 2, 2011 by


Digory Kirk is perhaps the most important protagonist in The Magician’s Nephew. Polly is there too, but more often than not she seems to be a foil for Digory. It is Digory’s decisions that drive the most pivotal moments of the story: Digory rings the bell that wakes the Witch, Digory is eventually responsible for […]

What Makes a Fairy-Story Helpful?

August 31, 2011 by


Something we’ve already given some thought to is the fact that good literature, of any sort, ought to point us more toward reality than it draws us in to unreality. Here are a few ways that fairy-stories in particular (and by that I mean almost any fanciful setting) can do that when sometimes other kinds […]

Uncle Andrew & Jadis

August 29, 2011 by


Andrew Ketterley (“Uncle Andrew”, as he is usually referred to throughout the book) is one of the most interesting characters in The Magician’s Nephew. In addition to being a minor antagonist, Uncle Andrew also shares enough qualities with Jadis (the Witch) that by being introduced to him the reader is actually being helped to understand […]

Our Story Begins

August 27, 2011 by


This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.  In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and […]

The Magician’s Nephew

August 22, 2011 by


If not the most important of Lewis’ Chronicles, The Magician’s Nephew is probably one of the most informative. It fills in gaps and questions we have about the land of Narnia, its origins, and some of the important characters we will meet in other books. By publication order, The Magician’s Nephew is actually the last […]