The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of several children’s books published in the series ‘Chronicles of Narnia’. This book by C.S Lewis finished in 1949 in March and it was published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950.

The story is centred around four characters, all of whom are children. Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy Pevensie. These children are away from home after being evacuated to the country side of England as a result of the Second World War. The children are staying with a Professor Digory Kirke. In Professimages (64)or Digory Kirke’s home there is a wardrobe that the children discover that takes them to a magical realm, the land of Narnia.

The majority of the novel is set in Narnia itself, the mystical land. Initially, the youngest of the children visits Narnia three times via the magical wardrobe while the other three children join along on the third trip. The children assist Aslan – a Lion who can speak – in an attempt to save this wonder world from the malignant White Witch. Under this witch’s rule Narnia has been in perpetual winter for 100 years, bereft of the holiday of Christmas. The children – as they go through their journey to overcome the White Witch – become kings and queens of this magical space. This marks the advent of the Golden Age of Narnia and sets the stage for all the ‘chronicles’ that lie ahead. Without spoiling the story line this article won’t go further into more specifics.

Of all of C.S Lewis’ novels this novel is the most well-stocked in libraries. Chronologically speaking it is the first novel that the author penned in the series but in collections it is often regarded at volume two.

A significant aspect of this particular novel in the series is that it was written to and for Lucy Barfield, the author’s goddaughter.

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