The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I believe that if a writer is writing out of his own truth, then the reader is going to learn from that truth; it need not and should not be didactic, but it is nevertheless teaching, and I am greatful for it… the best way for me to learn has always been in coming across a writer’s shared truth in story. (Madeleine L’Engle in the foreword to Paul Ford’s Companion to Narnia)

The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeI finished Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe late last night and now I am even more ready for the film to come out. I am really glad I read The Magician’s Nephew first as it sets a good foundation for Narnia as well as Aslan. (See the bottom of this post for links to my blog posts for all the books of the series.)

I recommend that everyone go out right now and pick these books up. They are a quick read but filled with lovely imagery and pure truth.

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.

Looks like the setup for a pretty intense story. There is also talk by the children about Aslan that I think I have often expressed about following Jesus.

“Is he - quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” [said Susan about Aslan]

“…if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else justsilly..” [said Mrs. Beaver]

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Walking with Jesus is not safe. He is not safe. His call on us is large. But He is good. He is King.

After the tear jerking moment of the sacrifice of Aslan on the Stone Table we are left with Lucy and Susan looking down on Cair Paravel:

At that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise - a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant’s plate.

The rising of the sun has made everything look so different - all colors and shadows were changed - that for a moment they didn’t see the important thing. Then they did. The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan

And Aslan was back. This passage makes me think of Mark:

And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. (Mark 15.37-38)

How is that for authority?

And lastly, one of my favorite passages again comes from Aslan before he rescues the statues and charges into battle:

“And now,” said Aslan presently, “to business. I feel I am going to roar. You had better put your fingers in your ears.”

And they did. And Aslan stood up and when he opened his mouth to roar he face became so terrible that they did not dare look at it. And they saw all the trees in front of him bend before the blast of his roaring as grass bends in a meadow before the wind.

Now come on, how intense is that? (I really look forward to seeing that on the big screen - my imagination isn’t always as good and big and loud as Cinerama ;) )

I really want to contine the series (next up is The Horse and His Boy) but I think I should probably get reading for the Family book and Cd/Dvd exchange! This month I am reading A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. Time to get reading!


My blog posts on The Chronicles of Narnia series:

  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Last Battle

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    1. TheWife
      June 22nd, 2005 at 05:50 | #1

      Yes, it will be interesting to see if you can still pull paralells between Jesus and Aslan after the movie is released. I’m interested to see how Hollywood will handle Aslan. But I love the series. My mom used to read the books to me when I was a little girl. They’re awesome.


    2. June 22nd, 2005 at 10:57 | #2

      Indeed, I am thinking they will have to stay pretty close to the book as they will have to make the diehard fans happy as well as Lewis’ estate. I guess we will see. It is directed by a Kiwi named Andrew Adamson who also directed the Shreks. The last big thing to come out of New Zealand was Lord of the Rings so they might be riding on their coattails a little bit. By the looks of the trailer, it looks quite epic (as it should be). Seeing Aslan roar gave me chills. :)

      Also, I just noticed that John Howe has some role as a conceptual designer (he was quite involved with Rings and how everything looked, especially the scenery) so that is quite awesome.

      AND Richard Taylor who is head of Weta Workshop is onboard (Weta Workshop was responsible for all of the props, mineatures, weapons, armor, etc.). You can see their project link (not much to it though) here.

      In my opinion, the combination of Howe and Taylor will pretty much ensure that things will look good, now it is up to Adamson to make sure it IS good. And really, go watch the trailer!

    3. June 22nd, 2005 at 14:30 | #3

      Yay for Kiwiland!!! (not that I’m biased or anything ;) )

    4. June 22nd, 2005 at 14:39 | #4

      Heh, Kiwiland looks like a great place to visit and has sure had some good luck with cinema lately!

      I just realized Peter Jackson did The Frighteners, anyone ever see that? Great suspense and special effects with Michael J. Fox. Check it out!

    5. June 22nd, 2005 at 17:47 | #5

      ahhh yeah!! That movie was shot just over the hill from where I live. It was a rather interesting movie. As was the movie that made Kate Winslet famous: Heavenly Creatures.

    6. June 22nd, 2005 at 22:19 | #6

      Humm, I haven’t seen that one. I suppose I should look into it.

    7. June 25th, 2005 at 16:16 | #7

      Here’s how out of it I am … I didn’t even know they were making a movie from that series! But you’ve got me interested. I may even reread the series again this summer.

      I’ve always loved that quote about whether or not Aslan is safe. Such profound insight on Lewis’ part.

      Thanks for the nudge!

    8. June 25th, 2005 at 18:39 | #8

      You should definitely read the series again, especially before the movie is out. And make sure you see the trailer!

      Lewis is quite insightful indeed. :)

    9. July 15th, 2005 at 04:08 | #9

      I loved the series when I read it as a child, despite the heavy-handed Jesus parallels. ;) Maybe Hollywood will turn it into George Bush worship instead. lol

      “I am really glad I read The Magician’s Nephew first as it sets a good foundation for Narnia as well as Aslan.”

      That was actually one of my pet peeves in the series, when they republished it in chronological order within the universe, rather than in the order that Lewis wrote them. I really like the concept of prequels filling in information you didn’t know was missing, kinda like the Star Wars series, so I felt that republishing them in that order ruined that. I wonder which way Lewis himself would prefer readers to read them in?

      When I saw the trailer in the theater I was biting my tongue to keep from shrieking and sitting on my hands to keep from clapping. I think I did a good job, my boyfriend only shot me one “shush, you’re disturbing people” look. :-P

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