The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the second book in the Narnia series. This story is the first book that was written about the magically country of Narnia. It is here that we learn about the four Pevensie children- Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, and their journey through the wardrobe.
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The children are sent to the countryside during the Second World War while the Nazis bombed London. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to stay with Professor Digory Kirke (who is Digory from the first book). During a game of hide and seek, Lucy hides in the wardrobe. She quickly discovers there is a magic country at the back of the wardrobe which is in permanent winter. Lucy meets a fawn named Mr Tummus at the lamppost in the wood who invites her for tea. This is the beginning of the Pevensie children’s adventures in Narnia in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Thoughts on the Story
This is one of the first books that I really remember from school. My P3 teacher used to read it to us in the afternoon. And she was brilliant at it, she done the voices. This was also one of the first books that introduced me to the world of fantasy. The idea that something this fun could happen to a child by hiding in a wardrobe. I would have loved to have been invited to tea with a fawn, or even eaten magic Turkish Delight.
Thoughts on the Author
I have shared my love for CS Lewis in a previous post about The Magicians Nephew. But to recap for you, I love him and the Narnia series. CS Lewis is a local writer from Belfast who wrote over 30 books, including the Narnia series. CS Lewis wrote The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was written for his goddaughter, Lucy. It is no coincidence that his goddaughter and one of the characters share the same name. After his death in 1963, the real-life Lucy was diagnosed with MS. For the next forty years, Lucy battled MS and enjoyed having the stories read to her by her brother.
It is said that this story is the inspiration behind many different children books. People have dedicated YouTube channels to exploring the connecting the Narnia books with other stories. There is the perfect amount of magic, danger and childhood whimsy to inspire the imaginations of young and old.