|As long as you keep Narnia in your heart, you keep a little bit of Lucy inside you not matter how Susan you have become.|
I read the Narnia books when I was a child - some of them my father read aloud to me and I reread them many times later. Oh how I wanted to go to Narnia, where animals talk and children can make a difference and become heroes. And to meet Aslan, oh Aslan. But I wanted to meet him in Narnia, as a lion, not in this world.
Perhaps it is dangerous to strive for a fantasy world instead of the real world. Perhaps it is wrong. Some people says so. Getting caught up in a world of dreams instead of facing the real world and getting the best out of it. I do see their point to a certain extend (that is the worst thing about being a grown-up). Why settle for a fantasy world if there is reality to be dealt with, good things in real life to be discovered? Still when the real world seems to offer little or no hope, little or no joy, how can it be wrong to still strive for and believe in the beauty and wonder of Narnia? That way you will value all the good things of Narnia which are real things - beautiful things, friendship, respecting others, nice meals, animals, trees, freedom. How can this not make the world a better place?
Clinging to Narnia might mean that you never really grow up. But is that such a bad thing after all?
Map of Narnia
This is not a biography. Such can be found in the links session at the bottom of this section.
I didn't read my first book about C. S. Lewis until I was about 30. He was interesting to read about because I knew next to nothing about him, except from the Narnia books which I knew by heart. I think I share that background with many fans who will be surprised at first to learn that what has meant such a great deal to them was such a small part of his life.
And then again... Writing the Narnia books, his only childrens books, took only a short period og his life (and brought upon him the wrath or at least great disappointment of his friend J. R. R. Tolkien, who had spent a life time creating a consistent fantasy universe of Middle Earth and found Lewis' work rash and unfinished).
His background for writing the Narnia Books, however, was many years of wondering about God and religous issues, early from his childhood raised with a severe and punishing God, which he abandoned in his youth, only to find a more forgiving and beautiful God when he matured.
I think what he does in the Narnia books that makes it go straight home with children, and with many of us still as adults, remembering the first time we read it and forgiving the small inconsistencies and mix of mythologies and the so obviously underlying Christian mission, is that he describes how it ought to be. Yes, there ought to be a Narnia. There ought to be Aslan. Finding these things in the world we live in is so much harder, but in Narnia, we can believe they exist.
I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm
going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any
-- Puddleglum, The Silver Chair.
www.aslan.demon.co.uk: What Order Should I Read the Narnia Books in (And Does It Matter?)
Side door of Cair Paravel?
This web page has some of the magic and mystery of Narnia in it
and it has maps of Narnia:
Very thorough Narnia Page. Meals, Battles, Maps, Bible analysis,
Dictionary and more.
Outline of Narnian History, curious facts about Narnia, Biography, BBC
of Narnia Website|
Description of the characters of the Chronicles of Narnia:
Friends of Narnia|
Description of the Chronicles and some pictures. Site also has other fantasy
and Science Fiction pages.
About the books, the characters, C. S. Lewis etc.
Seems to be unmaintained (all 4 narnia links are dead links).|
The Land Of NARNIA
|Turtelinas Kingdom: Chronicles Of Narnia Book Quotes|
|The Narnia Fan Site, Quotes: C.S. Lewis Quotes - Narnia|
|The Many Faces of Aslan: The Lion's Call|
|The wonderful picture of Lucy: Lucy and The Lamppost from Narnia, Lucy and the Lamppost/Narnia|
|Narnia pictures: Narnia Pictures|
|Great Narnia and Lewis pictures: Gallery|
|Wall papers and backgrounds: I-Love-Disney.com|
|Narnia book covers: Illustrated Narnia|
|Copenhagen as Narnia: Copenhagen, by C. S. Lewis|
|Poem about Lucy: Lucy's Lament|
|Poems from the Narnia books: Aslan's Country: Narnian Poems|
|Narnia Fan page: Narnia Fans|
|Narnia wiki: NarniaConfidential|
|Narnia Movie web page: NarniaWeb|
|Disney Narnia Movie Web page. Slow, but in a way fun. Animated exploration of Narnia, quizz about Narnia knowledge etc.: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,|
|Aslan T-shirt: Aslan Is On The Move White T-Shirt|
This mug reminds me of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Both of the
mirror with hair and a beard that Lucy sees at the island, and of
Caspian telling that Aslan spoke to him from the relief on the wall in
the cabin on the ship. It is not a loin, but still I think it is a
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