By Colin Duriez
Even if this is often your first stopover at to C S Lewis's marvelous myth global otherwise you were there repeatedly, you want to carry alongside this useful significant other to the panorama and population of Narnia, together with an A to Z consultant to its characters, locations, items, and events.
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He did start an immediate predecessor to LWW, ‘The LeFay Fragment’, but soon abandoned it, one reason being that the magic was in this rather than in another world. It is an intriguing fragment, hauntingly evoking the original fall of humanity. Digory has the gift of understanding the speech of trees and animals but loses it forever when he cuts off a branch of his favourite oak tree to impress Polly. Digory is bereft when he discovers the truth: ‘The only life he had ever known was a life in which you could talk to animals and trees.
I remember fondly, too, the unfettered delight of Ben and Emilia, when I read them the stories of Narnia as children. Thanks are also due to David C. Downing and Brian Sibley for reading the typescript. My thanks would not be complete without mentioning the help of those involved in this edditon for Sutton Publishing: Christopher Feeney, Jane Entrican, Hilary Walford, and my diligent and cheerful copy-editor, Felicity Teague. Colin Duriez Leicester, England November 2003 Abbreviations Chronicles The Chronicles of Narnia HHB The Horse and His Boy LB The Last Battle LWW The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe MN The Magician’s Nephew NT Narnian Time PC Prince Caspian SC The Silver Chair VDT The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ O ver the wall we never could see, Over the wall and away, Never could guess what a world there might be … Andrew Lang, ‘Over the Wall’ PART ONE The Creation of Narnia ONE The Life of C.
During this time he was looking after Mrs Moore and her household, and for a while was totally caught up in the terrifying ordeal of her brother Dr John Askins’s decline into madness and death. Despite these outstanding academic successes, Lewis felt vulnerable about his future, entertaining nightmarish scenarios (for him) such as entering the civil service. He won a temporary lectureship in philosophy, however, at University College for one year. During this period Magdalen College appointed him, provisionally for five years, as a fellow and tutor in English literature.
A Field Guide to Narnia by Colin Duriez