by C.S. Lois
I must apologize to you all for the tardiness of this article. It kind of slipped my mind! But here it is and here you are and we’re all happy, I hope.:D
The children (see My Favorite Characters, Part 1: The Children) play the most important role in the entire Chronicles after Aslan. But there are other characters (including some of the children!) who are famous kings and queens in Narnia. I will leave out any references to evil rulers in this article, as I will be saving that for another subject (Hint, hint!).
There are, of course, the Pevensie children who become King Peter the Magnificent, Susan the Gentle, Edmund the Just, and Lucy the Valiant. There is Caspian, Rilian and Tirian. There is king Lune, his sons Cor and Corin, and Cor’s wife, Aravis. There is Queen Swanwhite. There are other kings mentioned, such as king Gale. But did any of you seriously consider which Narnian ruler is your favorite? I don’t think that me mentioning any of the Pevensies would be fair, because my last article was about them, and as Lucy is my favorite Pevensie, that goes for when she was a Queen, too.
So I will be choosing from Caspian, Rilian, Tirian, Lune, Cor and Corin, Aravis and Swanwhite. Swanwhite, beautiful and famous as she is, doesn’t really count as she isn’t a main character. Cor doesn’t either because I think of him as the same with Shasta, and if I picked him then I would be contradicting my previous statement that Lucy was my favorite child.:) Though Corin has an irresistible personality (Who wouldn’t admit that the best boxer for miles around is their favorite person? So I’ll say that because I don’t want to get beat up. And???) and Aravis is one of my favorite people in the whole series, I’m more fond of Aravis before she becomes a Queen, and I don’t see enough of Corin to like him that much. The same goes for Lune. Thought I can’t help loving this wonderful character for his warm heart and jolly manner, he’s not seen enough, in my opinion. That leaves us with Caspian, Rilian and Tirian.
Caspian is the King that is most seen, other than Peter and Edmund. He journeys to the world’s end to find out about the seven lords (and to avenge them, if necessary, as Reepicheep insisted.) He is the one whom the Pevensies help get back his rightful throne. But he isn’t my favorite, actually. Hard to believe, huh?
Rilian is rescued from his enchantment by Jill and Eustace. We don’t get to see him very much in his true and unenchanted form, though, so I know almost nothing about his character other than the fact that he has a hard time facing temptation. (He is tempted by the Lady of the Green Kirtle, and accepts her “invitation” to rule with her, and he is sorely tempted to explore Bism when he is underground.) So this leaves my with my very favorite ruler in all of Narnian history.
King Tirian. Yes, he is my very favorite. He has incredible strength of character, he is very morally upright, defends and honors ladies, and believes in the true Aslan with all his heart. He could turn back, but doesn’t. Dispite his anger and rash decisions, I still like him best. (And I almost feel that I would do the same thing, were I in his place.) He is most definitely my favorite Narnian ruler.