How well do you remember "The Chronicles of Narnia" films?

Abi Luftig

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Can you tell the difference between Jadis and Miraz? Are you a Telmarine or a Narnian? Are you going to Aslan's Country or bound to stay in the real world? Test your knowledge of "The Chronicles of Narnia!"

Let's begin with some general questions. What is the last name of the siblings around whom the series revolves?

The Pevensie siblings were played by the following actors: Peter by William Moseley (now Prince Liam on "The Royals"), Susan by Anna Popplewell (now Lola on "Reign"), Edmund by Skandar Keynes (now retired from acting and serving as a parliamentary advisor), and Lucy by Georgie Henley (Mary Warren in "The Sisterhood of Night").

What event is happening in the real world during the course of the story?

While not specifically stated, it is likely that the Pevensie children were evacuated during Operation Pied Piper, which began on the Sept. 1, 1939. Over the course of the operation, nearly 3.75 million people were displaced from major cities all over the UK. Those displaced included children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.

What is the name of the land they visit?

The Pevensie siblings find themselves in the land of Narnia. While Lewis never confirmed or denied it, many suspect he got the name from the town of Narni in Italy, using its Latin translation of Narnia. Lewis did confirm that the landscape of Narnia was based on his native Ireland, Ulster in particular.

Who is the true leader of and the main source of good in Narnia?

Lewis once again drew on his love of linguistics when naming this character. During a trip to Turkey in 1922, he caught a glimpse of the Sultan's elite guard, praised for their bravery and loyalty. He later found out that these guards were called Aslan, a Turkish word for "lion."

In The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. How do the siblings get to Narnia?

While they were evacuated, the children stayed at the country estate of Professor Digory Kirke. This is important because, as a child, Kirke was the main character in The Magician’s Nephew. He brought a magic apple back from Narnia, a seed that grew into a tree. As an adult, Kirke built the wardrobe from that tree.

Who enters Narnia first?

When she first stumbles into Narnia, Lucy is awestruck and delighted. Her reactions were genuine. Actress Georgie Henley was blindfolded and carried to the set. When they removed the blindfold, Georgie saw the set of Narnia for the first time and was genuinely overjoyed.

Who is the first Narnian inhabitant Lucy meets?

Like her reaction to Narnia, Georgie Henley's reaction to seeing Mr. Tumnus was genuine. While she had met James McAvoy (Tumnus) on set before, she had not seen him in full costume until that moment.

Edmund was the second to arrive in Narnia. Who was the first inhabitant to greet him?

The first Narnian face Edmund sees belongs to the titular Witch. While not often mentioned, the White Witch's name is Jadis, another one of C.S. Lewis's linguistic jokes. Jadis is a French word meaning "of old." Aslan and Jadis later discuss "the old magic" and Aslan tells Jadis his magic is older than hers.

Three of the four siblings receive gifts from Father Christmas. What are Susan’s gifts?

In addition to the bow and arrow set (which she uses with great skill), Susan is given a magical horn that, when blown, summons help. Susan’s horn appears in one of the sequel films, as another character uses it in their hour of greatest need.

What is Peter given?

According to imdb, there is an inscription on Peter's sword. It reads, "When Aslan shakes his mane, Narnia shall know spring again."

What are Lucy’s gifts?

Lucy is given a healing cordial and a small dagger with which to protect herself. She later uses the cordial to restore Edmund when he is mortally wounded.

What does Edmund receive?

The White Witch gives Edmund a box of Turkish Delight candies, the only gift a Pevensie does not receive from Father Christmas. Turkish Delights are gel candies flavored with rosewater, lemon or Bergamot orange, and coated in either powdered Cream of Tartar or icing sugar. Modern varieties are often covered in chocolate.

How long has it been winter in Narnia?

Father Christmas explains to the three siblings that the White Witch has cursed Narnia for the past 100 years so that it would always be winter, but never Christmas. The Hundred-Year Winter, as Narnians refer to it, may have been inspired by the Norse legend of Fimbulwinter, or "Great Winter.". It, in turn, may have been George R.R. Martin's inspiration for the "Long Night in A Song of Ice and Fire."

What does Jadis the White Witch do to those who displease her?

Jadis, or as she often refers to herself, "Her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands," has the power to turn her enemies into stone. This power is known as petrification and has been used in storytelling as far back as the Greek legends of Medusa and as recently as J.K. Rowling's Basilisk in "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets."

Why does Aslan volunteer to die upon the stone table?

While it probably did annoy Jadis a little bit, Aslan volunteered to take Edmund's place on the stone table of sacrifice to save the boy. However, he did so knowing his death would only be temporary. As he later explains to the children, “If the Witch knew the true meaning of sacrifice, she might have interpreted the deep magic differently. That when a willing victim who has committed no treachery is killed in a traitor's stead, the stone table will crack, and even death itself would turn backwards.”

After the Pevensies are crowned Kings and Queens of Narnia, they rule for 15 years until they happen upon the lamp post that returns them home. What were they chasing that brought them to the lamp post?

While never explained in the movie, the significance of the white stag is familiar to fans of the books. The white stag is a powerful being that grants wishes, and the Pevensies wish to capture it for its power. It may also have deeper symbolism. Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, once said in a 1933 speech that "Hunters of old pursued the miraculous stag, not because they expected to kill it, but because it led them in the joy of the chase to new and fresh adventures, and so to capture happiness." It could be interpreted that the stag led the Pevensies home to new adventures and a way to find happiness in their world.

At the beginning of the second film in the saga, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," how much time has passed since the end of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe?

Upon returning to Narnia, the Pevensie siblings find out it has been 1,300 years since they left Narnia, and they are dismayed at what has happened in their absence. While not significant to the plot, 1,300 is an interesting number, as it is the sum of the first four fifth powers, and is Mertens function zero.

How much time has passed in the real world?

One year has passed in the real world between the end of the first film and the beginning of the second, placing this story in approximately 1942. While the book does not delve too deeply into how the Pevensies felt about going back to childhood after having been adults, the movie discusses it in more detail. The screenwriters have said that C.S. Lewis "doesn't much consider what it would be like for a King of Narnia to return to being a 1940's schoolchild" and so they wanted to create that conflict for Peter.

What race is Caspian?

The Telmarines in the film have a distinctly Mediterranean feel. In interviews, British actor Ben Barnes has said he modeled his Spanish accent on Mandy Patinkin's Inigo Montoya in "The Princess Bride."

Who is attempting to murder Caspian to usurp his throne?

Miraz, Caspian’s father's brother, bides his time until his own heir is born, then tries to kill his nephew to claim the throne. It is later revealed that he also killed his brother to further this goal. This has Shakespearean echoes of Claudius and Hamlet the Elder.

What does Caspian do to unknowingly summon the Pevensies?

A magical horn that summons aid when it is blown may cause the audience to think of Tolkien’s horn of Gondor. This is not accidental. Tolkien and Lewis were quite good friends and often influenced each other's work.

How do the Pevensies get to Narnia this time?

When the siblings are about to be transported to Narnia, they are waiting for a train at Strand Station. This is another subtle nod to Lewis' love of Nordic language and culture, as in many languages such as Norwegian, Swedish, and German, the word "strand" means "beach." When the Pevensies emerge at Cair Paravel, they find themselves standing on a beach.

Who fights Miraz in a duel?

As High King, Peter challenges Miraz to a duel for the fate of Narnia. He offers Caspian the chance to offer the killing blow, saying that Miraz's life is "not my life to take."

True or false: Caspian kills his uncle as revenge for his father’s murder.

When given the chance to get revenge, Caspian opts for mercy and spares his uncle's life. However, shortly after, Sopespian kills Miraz with one of Susan's arrows and accuses the Narnians, leading to a battle, which the Telmarines eventually won. In the book, he is murdered by Glozelle.

Which two siblings are told by Aslan that they will not return to Narnia?

Off-camera, Aslan informs Peter and Susan that this will be their last trip to Narnia, as they have matured into adults. However, in the third film, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell appear in a dream sequence.

Once crowned king, Caspian declares that Narnians and Telmarines will coexist in peace. However, if they wish, what option is available to the Telmarines?

It is eventually explained that the ancient ancestors of the Telmarine race came through to Narnia in a similar fashion as the Pevensies, and are in fact, descendants of humans. Aslan and Caspian offer the chance, to those who wish it, to start fresh in the world of their ancestors. As a way to atone for the crimes of Miraz, Caspian's aunt Prunaprismia and her unnamed infant son volunteer to go.

The Pevensies return to their world and Caspian ascends to the throne, thus ending the second film. Let's move on to the third movie in the series, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader." How much time has passed in Narnia between "Caspian" and "Dawn Treader?"

"The Voyage of The Dawn Treader" begins three Narnian years after the events of the previous film. The amount of time passed in the real world is not specified. Peter is said to be studying for his exams at the home of Professor Kirke, and Susan is traveling in America with their parents.

Who accompanies Edmund and Lucy to Narnia?

With Peter and Susan being denied further entrance to Narnia, the torch now starts to pass to the Pevensies' bratty and brooding younger cousin, Eustace Scrubb, played by Will Poulter (Kenny in "We're The Millers," Gally in "The Maze Runner," and Jim Bridger in "The Revenant"). Diggory, Jill, and Polly all appear in the Narnia books but never made it to screen, since the series was discontinued after this installation.

How are they transported to Narnia this time?

A painting of a boat fills the room with water, and the three children find themselves in a Narnian ocean where they are rescued by King Caspian and the crew of The Dawn Treader. None of the boat scenes were actually filmed on the open seas, as director Michael Apted heeded the warnings given to him by Gore Verbinski and Peter Weir to avoid doing so due to its unpredictability. A gimbal was constructed to rock the boat on set as if it were at sea.

What is Caspian’s quest?

The significance of this quest is never really explained in the film but is very detailed in the book. The Lord Protectors could have ruled in Caspian’s stead when he was a child, so his uncle Miraz either facilitated their deaths in battle, had them murdered, or sent them on suicide missions. The Seven Great Lords were the only Lord Protectors left alive and Caspian wanted to find them to atone for Miraz’s treachery. However, the film only says that Miraz banished them and Caspian wanted to find them.

What do the Seven Swords of the Seven Lords do?

The aspects of the swords and the Green Mist were developed just for the movie and are not a part of the book. The Green Mist preys on people’s worst fears. Edmund sees both a massive sea serpent and Jadis the White Witch. Caspian sees his father who says he is disappointed and refuses to call the younger Caspian his son.

In addition to fear, the islands test the Treader crew through various temptations. Lucy succumbs to the temptation of vanity and transforms into ...

Lucy discovers a book of incantations and recites a beauty spell that causes her to enter a dream sequence where she is Susan, and Lucy does not exist. Because Lucy was not there to find Narnia, the other Pevensie siblings don’t know of its existence. Aslan then appears and tells her that she has her own value and not to doubt herself.

Eustace succumbs to the temptation of greed and transforms into ...

As fun as it might sound to be a dragon for a while, this is portrayed as a negative consequence and plays into the Christian symbolism of the books. In many Christian paths of theology, dragons are seen as equals to serpents. Eustace turning from a human into a dragon represents how he succumbs to sin and greed, and Aslan changing him back into a human symbolizes redemption and salvation.

Who enters Aslan’s Country at the end?

Reepicheep, the swashbuckling mouse, enters Aslan's Country (a metaphor for Heaven) at the end of the film. In "Prince Caspian," Reepicheep was voiced by Eddie Izzard, but in "Dawn Treader" he was replaced by Simon Pegg. Director Michael Apted felt that Pegg's voice was more serious and mature -- and better suited the more experienced mouse -- after three years of adventures with the king.

Who is told they will never return to Narnia?

Aslan tells the remaining Pevensie siblings that this is their last adventure in Narnia, much like he told their siblings in the previous film. He tells Eustace that he is welcome to return. At the end of the film, Eustace’s mother can be heard announcing that his neighbor, Jill Pole, has come over to visit. This was meant to be a way to segue into the next film, "The Silver Chair," where Eustace and Jill are the protagonists. However, disappointing box office sales led to the studio decision to discontinue the film series.

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