Monthly Archives: October 2015

New short video on The Silver Chair from Douglas Gresham

Following on from the last short brief update on the production the new Silver Chair film, narnia.com has released another video in which Douglas Gresham shares what he learnt from making the previous films and some of his hopes for the new one.

You can view the video here

(Narnia.com is not affiliated with TLC.)

Tall Tales – Writing Contest #80

We all know that Pittencream, who deserted on the voyage of the Dawn Treader, made up stories to tell of the Utter East. Without a doubt, others have done the same at various points in Narnian history, exaggerating adventures and twisting facts into fiction. What might some of these tall tales have sounded like?

Example: “Shift’s Promotion” by Ariel_of_Narnia
You question my authority? Do you want to tell Aslan that you question his selection? No, you don’t, and even if you did, Aslan would show you what happens when you question him. I didn’t ask for this job, you know. Aslan himself came to me at Cauldron Pool to test me. I met his standards, see – the wisdom of many years, the elevated intelligence of men (because I am a man, remember!), and the integrity of faithful disciple. He instructed me to enter the Pool and to fetch out what I might find. I dared not do otherwise, though the strength of the waterfall nearly killed me, but I succeeded and was made his mouthpiece. So do not question me on that or any other count, for to question me is to question him! Now, where is that Chief Squirrel with those nuts…?

 

And the winner is…
“The Heroic Horse” by AGB

Bree: Yes! It was a lion! The fiercest brute I’d ever seen! It leaped out of the brush and attacked Aravis! It nearly tore her to pieces!! Afraid? Not I, not I. You forget that I feel no fear! I whipped around and battled the beast with my front hooves, neighing and whinnying a fierce battle cry! Then, I delivered a fatal blow to the monster. What’s that? Oh, no, it was quite nothing, really. I merely saw what needed to be done and did it! Reward? What? Heroism? Oh, no I assure you, that won’t be necessary…

Don’t forget to check out the winners of the last contest!

 

65th Anniversary of the publication of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

IMG_3486By Lil

“At first they were not a story, just pictures. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 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.'” (CS Lewis, on how Narnia began) [1]

The 16th of October 2015 marks the 65th anniversary of the publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Below are some of our favourite quotes from this book which first introduced the world to Narnia:

“Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”  The Professor, “Back on this Side of the Door”

At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realise that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.  ~ “A Day with the Beavers”

“Safe? 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.”  ~ Mr Beaver, “A Day with the Beavers”

“I don’t think it will be  any good trying to go back through the wardrobe door to get the coats. You won’t get into  Narnia again by that  route.”  ~ The Professor, “The Hunting of the White Stag”

“Once a King in Narnia, always a King in  Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route twice.  Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when  you’re not looking for it.”   ~ The Professor, “The Hunting of the White Stag”

“Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?”    ~ The Professor, “The Hunting of the White Stag”

And that is the very end of the adventure of the wardrobe. But if the Professor was right it was only the beginning of the adventures of Narnia.  ~ “The Hunting of the White Stag”

What are your favourite quotes from this book? Share them in the comments below.

Reference:
[1] Brown, Devin, Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Baker Books, 2005