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#1 Jeth Calark

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 09:28 PM

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The Chronicles of Narnia: by C. S. Lewis

I will present the seven books in chronological order, instead of the order they were printed in. However, I gave each title the number, so you know where each books stands in printed order.

The Magician's Nephew (#6)

The book starts in around 1900 with two children, Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer. Digory's mom is slowly dying. The two meet in the adjacent back gardens of a row of terraced houses. They decide then to explore the attic that connects all the houses together. While exploring, they stumble upon the secret study of Digory's Uncle Andrew, who is a rather bumbling but tricky magician. Uncle Andrew tricks Polly into putting on a magical yellow ring that instantly transports her off our world. He then blackmails Digory into doing the same so Digory can take two magical green rings and bring himself and her back.

Digory finds himself in the "Wood Between the Worlds", with its enigmatic pools of water. He realizes that the each pool is its own world, then instantly finds Polly. Expecting his uncle to grab the rings away when they go back, he convinces her to go exploring in another pool and its world.

The world they end up in has a crumbling palace amidst the ruins of a great city. They explore the palace and find a hall lined with statues of kings and queens, who progress from kind and fair to cruel and mean-looking. At the end of the hall is a bell with a taunt to ring it. Digory falls for it and rings the bell, waking up the last statue, who is none other than Jadis. Jadis tells them that they are in the world of Charn, and how she used the Deplorable Word to wipe out all life but her own, only to spite her sister.

The children escape Charn and return to London, but Jadis clings to them and is taken along. Once in London, Jadis starts an uproar and wrenches a bar of iron off a lamp-post. The children use their magic rings to whisk her back out of London, but end up taking Uncle Andrew, a cabbie named Frank, and the cabbie's horse called Strawberry along as well.

Once in the Wood, Digory heads for the nearest pool, which he mistakes for Charn. Instead, they end up in an empty blackness. Jadis recognizes it as a world yet to be made. They hear singing, which causes the stars, the sun, and everything else to appear. The singer is revealed to be the lion Aslan. Aslan then breaths life into the world. Jadis throws the iron bar at Aslan, but it fails to harm him and bounces off of him. It lands in a soft part of the ground and grows into a lamp-post. Later, Aslan selects some animals to become intelligent Talking Animals, which have authority over the Dumb Animals.

Aslan gives Digory a chance to make up for his bringing evil to Narnia in the form of Jadis by sending after a magic apple. Strawberry is transformed into the flying horse Fledge, who takes Digory and Polly to the walled garden where the apples may be found. Once there, Digory finds Jadis, who has eaten an apple and gained from it eternal youth. She prompts Digory to take an apple and eat it, but Digory refuses, believing his mother would never tell him to steal.

Digory returns to Aslan with the apple. Aslan commends him and instructs him to plant it. The planted apple becomes a tree, one that will protect Narnia from Jadis, the White Witch, and give Narnia a time of Eden-like peace. Aslan gives Digory an apple to take home to his mother, telling Digory that while a stolen fruit would have healed his mom, its long term effects would have been worse than her death. Frank the cabbie and his magically transported wife Helen is crowned the first king and queen of Narnia.

Digory, Polly, and Uncle Andrew return to London via the rings and the Wood. Digory gives the fruit to his mom, who is healed. Uncle Andrew gives up magic forever. Digory takes the core of the apple and buries it in the ground with the rings, to prevent misuse. The core grows into a tree.

Years later, the tree is blown over in a storm. Digory can't stand the idea of chopping it for firewood, so he has the wood made into a wardrobe. Thus Digory is the old "Professor" who owns the house where Lucy finds the Wardrobe.

Next: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Edited by Jeth Calark, 26 March 2009 - 10:03 PM.

#2 Jeth Calark

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:04 PM

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (#1)

With the advent of WWII, the Battle of Britain has begun. London is bombed constantly. Like many children of the time, the four siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are sent off to the countryside for safety. They are taken in by a Professor Digory Kirke, who has a rather large house and a ill-tempered housekeeper called Ms. Macready.

On a rainy day, the children decide to explore the house, via a game of hide-an-seek. Lucy stumbles upon an empty room that only contains a curious wardrobe. She decides to hide in the wardrobe and quickly shuts herself in it. Once inside she discovers that the wardrobe has no back but instead leads to a snowy, wintry wood. She meets the faun Tumnus next to a lamp-post, and they quickly become friends. Tumnus invites Lucy to his house, and there tells her of the evil White Witch, her 100-year winter, and how it is never Christmas.

When Lucy returns to England back through the wardrobe, she discovers that only a few seconds have passed, unlike the hours she had spent in Narnia and tried to convince her siblings of. Naturally, Peter, Susan, and especially Edmund dismiss what she says.

A few weeks later, Lucy again goes through the Wardrobe, and Edmund follows her. Failing to catch up to her while in Narnia, he instead meets a pale lady on a sleigh pulled by reindeer and driven by a dwarf. She introduces herself as the Queen of Narnia and offers Edmund a drink. She also asks Edmund what he would like to eat, to which he replies with Turkish Delight. However, the Turkish Delight she gives him is magically enchanted and makes Edmund want more. The lady thens promises to make Edmund into a Prince (and when he is older, King) if he only brings his siblings to her castle, which she also mentions has more Turkish Delight.

Edmund later reunites with Lucy, and they both return to England. Edmund, when confronted with admitting that Narnia was real, lies instead and claims him and Lucy were only playing. Lucy becomes upset over his duplicity.

A few days later, all four of the children scramble to avoid Ms. Macready showing the house to some visitors. They end up trapped and are forced to hide in the wardrobe. Once again, the wardrobe leads to Narnia. After apologizing to Lucy for their disbelief, Lucy guides them to the house of Mr. Tumnus. They discover the house ransacked and Tumnus arrested by the Secret Police. Two Talking Beavers, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, take the children into their home. They tell the siblings of the great prophecy about two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve becoming Kings and Queens, abolishing the rule of the White Witch. The children also learn of the existence of the lion Aslan, the real and True King of Narnia, who is "on the move again."

Edmund slips away and makes a beeline for the Witch's castle. The Beavers and the children, upon finding out, come to the conclusion that they have been compromised, and a visit from the Secret Police is certain. They barely escape ahead of a raid by the wolves, and head towards the Stone Table, where Aslan is supposedly camped.

Edmund makes his way to the Witch's castle, only to find a not-so-hospitable Witch, no "princely priviledges", and absolutely no Turkish Delight. The Witch makes him into her thrall, and sets out with him in tow on her sleigh.

On their way to the Stone Table, Peter, Susan, Lucy, and the Beavers meet Father Christmas (who they originally mistake for the Witch on account of his sleigh). Father Christmas bestows many gifts on the siblings and the Beavers: a sword and shield for Peter, a magical horn of help and a bow & quiver for Susan, and a dagger and some juice of the fireflowers (a healing liquid) to Lucy. Mr Beaver excitedly learns that his present is the instant completion of his dam. A thaw soon after demonstrates the Witch's failing power and strands her sleigh.

Arriving at the Stone Table, Peter, Susan, and Lucy meet Aslan for the first time. Peter later has a fight with Maugrim, leader of the Witch's Secret Police, and kills him. A party of Narnia warriors follows Maugrim's companion back to the Witch and manage to rescue Edmund from impending death.

The Witch later comes to Aslan's camp and demands a now-penitent Edmund's blood, claiming that the Deep Magic entitles her to all traitors. The Witch and Aslan privately confer, and Aslan offers himself in Edmund's place. She leaves, and the camp moves away from the Stone Table. Late at night, Aslan returns to the Stone Table, where he is bound and then killed by the Witch and her minions. Susan and Lucy, having followed him, witness all of those.

The next day, Peter, Edmund, and the Narnian army face off against the Witch and her minions, but with no hope of victory without Aslan. Back at the Stone Table, Susan and Lucy discover it cracked, and Aslan is alive after all. He had been resurrected by the Deeper Magic, which states that if an innocent victim put himself in the place of a traitor, he would be brought back to life. Susan and Lucy climb on Aslan's back, and they head for the Witch's abandoned castle. Aslan uses his breath to bring life to the many stone statues there. Now with a miniature army behind him, Aslan and the girls race to the battle. With the reinforcements, the Witch's minions are routed, and the Witch herself is killed by Aslan. The four siblings are coronated as Kings and Queens of Narnia soon afterwards.

Years later, the children, having grown into men and women now, stumble upon a lamp-post in the woods. They accidentally stumble back through the wardrobe back into England as children again. Upon explaining to the Professor, they are surprised he believes them and even goes to say that they would return, just not through the Wardrobe.

NEXT: The Horse and His Boy

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