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Turns out the Narnia Kids Had Pretty Interesting Lives

Chris recently wrote an article of quotes from The Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis, and it got me thinking about the Narnia movies, and how well cast they were. So I did a little digging. Turns out the cast were a pretty interesting bunch.


Skandar Keynes


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Let’s start with Skandar Keynes, who played brat-turned-reasonable human boy Edmund, the third of the Pevensie children and the one who falls under the spell of the White Witch. In fairness, I would also fall for anyone who gave me that much Turkish delight.


Turns out Skandar is the great-great-great grandson of none other than Charles Darwin. Keynes’ father Randall Keynes wrote a book entitled Annie’s BoxDarwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution, which dealt with the effect that Darwin’s daughter’s death had on the scientist. The 2009 film Creation was based on this book. Skandar retired from acting to attend Cambridge, and is now political adviser to Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who happens to be Emily Blunt’s uncle. What.


Anna Popplewell


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Next is Anna Popplewell, who played second-oldest Pevensie child Susan. Popplewell also has interesting family connections, though somewhat less dramatic than Keynes. Popplewell’s younger sister, Lulu, is best known for her role as Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman’s daughter Daisy in the festive classic Love, Actually. She is best remembered for this exchange, in which she explains her upcoming role in the school nativity play:


LULU: “I’m first lobster!”

EMMA THOMPSON: “First lobster? There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?”


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Their brother Freddie Popplewell starred as Michael Darling, the smallest Darling child in the live-action film Peter Pan. I told my sister that these three memorable children were related and she said she felt ashamed that we hadn’t noticed this before, since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Love, Actually and Peter Pan are family favorites. Now, after looking up all the Popplewell children, I see they do look very alike. I too feel ashamed, but still. Life goes on.


William Moseley


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Oldest and most self-righteous Pevensie child Peter was depicted by William Moseley who won the role after the casting director remembered him from an unsuccessful audition years previously. Moseley is currently in a relationship with Kelsey Asbille Chow, better known as Gigi Silveri from One Tree Hill. Moseley played Prince Liam on E!’s The Royals, a show which also featured Noah Huntley as Elizabeth Hurley’s lover. Huntley played the adult version of Peter in the Narnia films. Funny old world.


Georgie Henley


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And finally, adorable youngest child Lucy was portrayed by Georgie Henley. Henley later starred in a movie called Perfect Sisters, alongside Abigail Breslin. This film is about a very strange 2003 Canadian crime, involving two sisters, who, tired of their mother spending the family money on alcohol while the girls went without, decided to kill her. They successfully went through with their plan and were only caught because they confessed to the crime to some friends. They served nine and ten years in prison, respectively, but because they were only fourteen and fifteen at the time of the crime, their names were never released and their identities will remain a secret forever. Both girls are now free. The film received criticism for its depiction of the girls as sympathetic characters.


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Top 10 C. S. Lewis Quotes to Share With Your Best Friend, Whom You Love

C. S. Lewis was a fierce believer in God, imagination, and friendship. He spoke about those three things with a lot of passion and frequency. The latter two especially fueled his beloved Narnia books. Though they contain potential religious allegories every which way, the books are valuable as monuments to creativity and friendship. They’re brimming with care, and Lewis’ whimsy is on every page.


Take a few minutes to remember why you loved Lewis. Here are ten Lewis quotes that’ll remind you of all the good out there. Enjoy!


1. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.


2. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.


3. If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.


4. I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.


5. You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.


6. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.


7. The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.”


8. Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.


9. Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.


10. It is the stupidest children who are most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are most grown-up.


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C.S. Lewis’ Review For ‘The Hobbit’ Is The Epitome of Friendship Goals

“For good times and bad times, I’ll be on your side forever more. That’s what friends are for…” Don’t mind me singing Dionne Warwick over here.


It’s a lovely song for an even lovelier friendship, indeed. Legendary authors C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were two young professors that just so happened to cross paths in a faculty meeting at Oxford back in 1926. Common interests were discovered and soon those interests were brought into the world for readers of all ages. These two guys pretty much defied the odds.


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Now, we’ve recently discovered the most beautiful review an author could write. As a fan of The Lord of the Rings and someone who wrote a persuasive letter to their fourth grade teacher to let the class watch The Two Towers on the last day of school…I needed to share this.


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In a 1937 review of Tolkien’s The Hobbit in 1937 by C.S. Lewis, the author describes his comrade’s work with the utmost respect and admiration:


To define the world of The Hobbit is, of course, impossible, because it is new. You cannot anticipate it before you go there, as you cannot forget it once you have gone. The author’s admirable illustrations and maps of Mirkwood and Goblingate and Esgaroth give one inkling–and so do the names of the dwarf and dragon that catch our eyes as we first ruffle the pages.


Lewis’ praise and support for the mystical novel is touching and quite powerful. He explains that Tolkien’s work “admits us to a world of its own–a world that seems to have been going on long before we stumbled into it but which, once found by the right reader, becomes indispensable to him.” He goes on to describe the character maps, saga-like plots, and more vital bits in order to fully grasp the vast story and present it the way it deserves.


Their mutual respect, hard work, and passion are visible in Lewis’ words and it has me thinking of this friendship like the stuff of myths and stories. Check out the full review here to get the true sense of reverence. Lewis ends it with: “Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.” Spoken like a true friend.


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8 Stunning Literary Landscapes

Fiction has the power to take us to different worlds. Sometimes, those worlds look a lot like ours. But other times, they’re breathtaking new places that exceed our wildest imaginations.

We’re celebrating the most incredible literary landscape in fiction. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments!



From Dune by Frank Herbert

Science fiction is full of awesome desert planets (even Star Wars has one) but Arrakis is the most iconic of them all. Dune is considered by many to be the greatest science fiction novel of all time, and it’s centered entirely around Arrakis. Arrakis’ deserts are fascinating because they are utterly endless – and hold the spice mines that make the planet so valuable.


Barsoom (Mars)

From A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Science fiction tries pretty hard to be realistic these days, and it doesn’t thrill George R.R. Martin. Martin, like a lot of us, longs for the days of crazy science fiction landscapes. Landscapes like Edgar Rice Burroughs’ version of the Red Planet, which is full of canals, alien civilizations, and other other cool stuff.


Middle Earth’s Mordor and surrounding mountains

From The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Fantasy world-builders like George R.R. Martin owe a huge debt to the original master, J.R.R. Tolkien. Just about any spot in Middle Earth would qualify as a great literary landscape. We chose the dark, stormy, and stunning landscape of Mordor, which is bordered on three sides by enormous mountain ranges. Very cool.



From The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series include mentions of neighboring lands, but it’s Narnia itself that seems the most beautiful. While its neighbors sometimes feature more extreme landscapes (one bordering land is very arid, while another is very mountainous), Narnia is described as having gorgeous scenery of its own. Lewis’ vision of was inspired by the scenery of his own home country, Ireland.



From Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Neverland is Peter Pan’s magical world, and it’s got it all: pirates, mermaids, you name it. It’s a fantastic island with, of course, fantastic scenery. Grottoes, forests, lagoons: Neverland has it all!



From Lost Horizon by James Hilton

In Hilton’s book Lost Horizon, Shangri-La is located in a breathtaking valley in the middle of Asia’s Kunlun Mountains.  It’s a mystical place where people live peaceful and very long lives. No wonder “Shangri-La” has become a term for an earthly paradise! The image above is from the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which made use of Hilton’s Shangri-La myth.


Westeros’ Dragonstone

From the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

There’s some man-made wonder here, too: the super-cool castle with carved dragons on it. But you can’t ignore the awesome spectacle of the mountainous island. A Song of Ice and Fire has a ton of cool landscapes (and even more cool man-made structures), but this is probably our favorite.



From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The name says it all! Wonderland is one of fiction’s classic fantasy worlds. We’re particularly excited about the interpretation you see in the image above, because Tim Burton is bringing that world back to the silver screen with a sequel to his 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. Alice Through the Looking Glass will hit theaters in 2016.

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