35 votes
Accepted

Why is the order of The Chronicles of Narnia changed from original publication?

The question of reading order for The Chronicles of Narnia is a complicated one, with much debate even among avid fans of the series. But you've asked only why publishers changed the order, which is ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
  • 72.6k
30 votes
Accepted

What suggests Edmund might be gay?

As someone who rather likes the totally non-canonical idea of gay Edmund, there is really no textual evidence to support this idea and you are right to point out that it is extremely unlikely that ...
robopuppy's user avatar
  • 1,197
21 votes

Is Judaism represented in the Narnia books?

Note: This does not in ANY WAY represent my own religious views. It's possible that C.S. Lewis meant for the Dwarfs to represent the Jews. At the end of The Last Battle, the Dwarfs refused to be '...
Mithical's user avatar
  • 24.1k
19 votes
Accepted

Was C. S. Lewis condemning nuclear weapons in The Magician's Nephew?

The Magician's Nephew is set a generation before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, specifically 1900 (see Wikipedia). The latter book is set during World War II. Thus, in the time frame of The ...
Peter Shor's user avatar
  • 12.5k
18 votes
Accepted

Why is C.S. Lewis so concerned with being locked into a wardrobe?

According to an article on the CS Lewis Institute website: The actual wardrobe that prompted the stories was one made by Lewis’s grandfather and was in the family home in Belfast. Later, it was moved ...
Kitkat's user avatar
  • 784
16 votes
Accepted

Was Rowling inspired by the railway station scene in Prince Caspian?

Oddly enough, Rowling has cited The Chronicles of Narnia as an inspiration for her King's Cross entryway to the world of magic, but not the part you're thinking of! I found myself thinking about the ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
  • 72.6k
15 votes
Accepted

Was Susan ever able to return to Narnia?

Susan probably made it back to Narnia, because her experience with faith reflects that of Lewis himself. In 1960, C. S. Lewis wrote back to a reader and said that Susan is not in Aslan's country. ...
Mithical's user avatar
  • 24.1k
15 votes
Accepted

Does the description of Eustace's parents fit some known stereotype?

I believe Lewis meant readers to assume the Scrubb family were adherents of scientism. There's only a small amount of evidence for this in Dawn Treader itself, but it makes sense in light of his ...
Torisuda's user avatar
  • 2,053
15 votes

Who is Mrs LeFay in "The Magician's Nephew"?

As noted in the question, The Magician's Nephew contains little information about Mrs Lefay. The name is probably inspired by Morgan Le Fay, the half-sister of King Arthur, but this should not be ...
Clara Diaz Sanchez's user avatar
13 votes
Accepted

For and Against different Reading Orders for Narnia

I first read the books in the chronological ordering when I was about five. And that, I think, makes a big difference, because to a five-year-old, The Magician's Nephew is a slog. I didn't understand ...
Torisuda's user avatar
  • 2,053
12 votes
Accepted

Why didn't The Last Battle mention Susan's reaction to her family's death?

(Please note: I'm not a expert in Christian/Lewis in particular's theology; this is my impression primarily from the text of the book.) Peter, Edmund, Lucy and the rest don't know they're dead until ...
Kitkat's user avatar
  • 784
12 votes
Accepted

Is Deeper Magic something more than God (the Emperor beyond the Sea) in Narnia?

First we need to understand what the "Deep Magic" is/represents, before moving to the "Deeper Magic." We know from chapter 13 of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that the Deep Magic is written ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
12 votes

Aslan as an alternative version of Jesus as the form in which he may have appeared in an alternative reality?

Already answered over here: In-universe, is Aslan actually Jesus? (my highest-voted question on the SE network). There's two explicit quotes from Lewis's letters, and one very heavy implication in the ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
  • 72.6k
12 votes

What is the source for C.S. Lewis' quote "A good book should be entertaining"?

This is a slightly mangled version of a phrase from Lewis’s An Experiment in Criticism (1961). Here’s the whole paragraph: In characterising the two sorts of reading I have deliberately avoided the ...
Gareth Rees's user avatar
  • 55.9k
11 votes
Accepted

Was Neil Gaiman's Stardust influenced by C.S. Lewis?

While we can't rule out an influence from Lewis, he was not Gaiman's primary motivation. Gaiman has named different influences for Stardust. Stardust has a much closer parallel to the 1926 book Lud-In-...
Matt Thrower's user avatar
  • 22.1k
11 votes
Accepted

What are "smoking-room stories"?

Wordy, but fun to write. From context, "smoking-room stories" means something like off-color stories, dirty stories, steamy stories. One dictionary entry for the adjectival form of "smoking-room" ...
kimchi lover's user avatar
  • 4,170
10 votes
Accepted

Did C. S. Lewis support the Ransom Theory in the Chronicles of Narnia?

To cite an answer on Christinanity SE that sticks to C. S. Lewis' expressed views on the matter, avoiding theological debates: Lewis does not see any need to settle on a particular theory of the ...
VicAche's user avatar
  • 1,908
10 votes
Accepted

Does The Chronicles of Narnia promote deism?

Although Aslan was more of an immediate presence to Narnia than the Emperor, he and his father worked in perfect unity. The Emperor was often referred to as "Aslan's great Father, the Emperor-over-...
fundagain's user avatar
  • 1,943
10 votes
Accepted

Is there any significance in the cry "Euan, euan, eu-oi-oi-oi" in Prince Caspian?

Apparently ’euoi’ is a ‘cry of impassioned rapture in ancient Bacchic revels’, per wiktionary and ‘Euan’ or ‘Euhan’ is a Latin name for Bacchus, per Notre Dame University.
Spagirl's user avatar
  • 19k
9 votes

Was Neil Gaiman's Stardust influenced by C.S. Lewis?

It looks like he was influenced by traditional English fairy stories and in particular a writer by the name of Lucy Clifford A star still falls, a boy still promises to bring it to his true love, ...
Pat Dobson's user avatar
  • 1,873
9 votes
Accepted

What is the symbolism of Eustace's arm ring?

The main point of the arm-ring is that it's a piece of treasure Eustace is trying to hoard for himself. He puts it on because he's selfish and grasping, like a dragon. That's why he turns into a ...
MissMonicaE's user avatar
8 votes
Accepted

Why are the bears bulgy?

If you google "algy met a bear" you will get thousands of hits on the traditional "Algy met a bear, the bear met Algy. The bear was bulgy, the bulge was Algy". If you look up pre-1940 bulgy bear in ...
kimchi lover's user avatar
  • 4,170
8 votes

Was CS Lewis referencing the uncanny valley?

We can't be sure. The simple reason for this is, as you noted in your question, that the term itself was first used in 1970 and translated into English in 1978, meaning that Lewis certainly didn't use ...
fi12's user avatar
  • 4,515
8 votes

Does this edit in The Magician's Nephew (from "had her bathe" to "had her bath") fundamentally change the meaning of the sentence?

According to the OED, the intransitive verb "to bathe" means "to take a bath; or to plunge or immerse oneself in water or other liquid, so as to enjoy its influence". "To bath&...
MichaelMaggs's user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

How does Emeth's presence in Aslan's Country in The Last Battle fit in with the rest of C. S. Lewis's theology?

C. S. Lewis can be fairly described as a Christian Inclusivist – he believed that Christianity was true, but was not willing to claim that only "Christians" would be saved. This is different from ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
7 votes

What suggests Edmund might be gay?

It is worth noting in this conversation that Lewis had very level-headed opinions about homosexuality and did write directly about the subject outside of his children's fiction; in his private life, ...
Buzz's user avatar
  • 198
7 votes

Where does this quotation by C. S. Lewis come from?

It comes from a letter to Mary Willis Shelburne, a lady who was (thought to be) dying. From this page about the Misquotable C. S. Lewis (emphasis mine): When you read the above words what do you ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
  • 72.6k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible