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‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ Was Published Today!

On this day, a famous fantasy novel was published: The Chronicles of Naria: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the best known of the Chronicles of Narnia novels. The book was first published on October 16th in 1950 and has remained a classic, not to mention a mainstay, of children’s literature ever since.

 

 

The book centers on the fictional world of Narnia, a land of magic and talking animals. Narnia, at the book’s beginning, is ruled by the evil White Witch, who has plunged Narnia into an eternal winter. Four children from the real world (Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund) walk through a magical wardrobe and end up in the land, caught between the Witch’s forces of evil and the forces of good, who side with the god-like lion Aslan.

 

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The novel was written by C.S. Lewis and dedicated to his granddaughter Lucy. The series contained many themes of Christianity, with Aslan and the Witch representing Jesus and the Devil respectively. This theme is most prominently seen in the book where Aslan is killed but rises after three days and slays the Witch in a final battle, restoring peace to the land. C.S. Lewis himself described the genesis of the story beginning with an image of a fawn with an umbrella.

 

The Lion all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: ‘Let’s try to make a story about it.’

 

He had bounced the idea around for several years during the forties, which inspirations taken from World War II, where English children were evacuated from London and other cities to the countryside. However, worked stalled for sometime until C.S. Lewis created the character of Aslan and from then on, inspiration struck. He described he often dreamed of lions and made great progress on the novel, completed in March 1949.

 

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Lewis very much enjoyed writing the novel and wrote the sequel soon after, such was his enthusiasm. There wasn’t much enthusiasm from his fanbase, however, with the fantasy and fairy tale elements seen as self-indulgent. Nonetheless, the critical response from his fanbase, young readers, was highly positive and the strong sales of the book allowed Lewis to write further Narnia tales.

What are your memories of this book? Full of fantasy, magic, wonder, not to mention allegorical elements, this series helped define fantasy for a generation. Crack it open and give it another read!

 

 

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Our Favorite Tolkien & Lewis Apocrypha

Tolkien and Lewis were both in residence at Oxford for many years, studying and teaching both. They were also close friends, even though they disagreed on almost everything. Sure, they had a shared interest in language, and in what we now call fantasy, but they disagreed on religion, and on the tones of their books. There are also a lot of stories about their friendship, few confirmed, but all amazing. Here are our favorites!

 

1. The Lamppost

 

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There’s a story that says Lewis specifically put the lamppost in Narnia because Tolkien said a good fantasy story would never have one. The sheer pettiness. What an icon. No fantasy story would have a lamppost? Well this one does! Please, TELL Lewis what his story can have. There’s no slowing him down. A lesson in spite we should really all take to heart.

 

 

2. Religion

 

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Tolkien was, as well as being a linguist and historian, quite Catholic, and Lewis found his philosophical suggestions appealing, becoming religious himself. Tolkien didn’t get what he wanted, though, because though Lewis became more religious, he was Protestant, and Tolkien didn’t at all appreciate how much religion was in Lewis’ books. Kinda played himself.

 

3. The Draft

 

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Apparently when Lewis first read his draft of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to Tolkien and a croup of friends, Tolkien hated it. He thought it was terrible and combined too many mythologies. He wanted more consistent world building, and I don’t have a good source for this, but I’ve heard he even told Lewis to stop writing.

 

 

 

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Dev Patel in Talks to Star in ‘Green Knight’ Adaptation

Dev Patel, star of such films as Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, is reportedly in talks to star in A24’s adaptation of the famous 14th century Arthurian story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The tale tells of Sir Gawain, a Knight of the Round Table, accepting a challenge from the mysterious Green Knight. The Knight tells Gawain he will allow him to strike him with an axe if Gawain accepts a similar blow in turn. Gawain beheads the Green Knight but the Knight picks up his head and ominously promises to return in a year and a day to strike a similar blow as promised. Filled with romance, action, and classical chivalrous themes, the story sounds perfect for a big screen adaptation.

 

An image of the Green Knight preparing for battle, hailing from the Boy's King Arthur by Sidney Lanier
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It is unknown what role Dev Patel will play but considering his previous screen credits any role should be exciting to see the Oscar-nominated actor embody. Also attached to the project is David Lowery, helmer of A Ghost Story, as well as producers Tim Headington and Theresa Steele of Ley Line Entertainment.

We look forward to seeing this classical tale brought to life and will keep our eyes peeled for further news, especially about what role Dev Patel will be eventually set to play.

 

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