Perhaps no writer in the 20th century was better capable of sharing the "shiver of wonder" and the glorious taste of the gospel than C.S. Lewis. Throughout his life, Lewis reveled in the truth and beauty of God, passionately chasing the eternal ache and longing he felt for the joy and ultimate satisfaction found only in Jesus Christ.
Taking the journey one chapter at a time, this podcast delves into the deeper magic of Lewis's famous Narnia stories, inviting you to go further up and further in to savor the glimpses of Jesus that lie just on the other side of the wardrobe.
As the children and Trumpkin fall asleep exhausted from their journey, Lucy is beckoned awake and away from the camp to encounter the transcendent holiness of Narnia. This first of two visions, in which she remembers the deep magic of Narnia, ultimately prepares her for the greater vision of Aslan and her firm conviction in the face of her siblings' opposition.
As Trumpkin concludes Caspian's backstory, he confesses his expectation for the help of Susan's horn to be mighty Narnian kings and queens of old, not four children. Yet, through a series of lighthearted contests, Trumpkin will learn the true importance of an authority that is not merely acknowledged but trusted and obeyed.
As Caspian and company journey to Aslan's How, the sacred place of the ancient Stone Table, they encounter Miraz's armies and must decide, once and for all, if they should wind Susan's Horn to summon the help that, according to legend, is prophesied to come. Despite some disbelief in the ranks, Caspian chooses to sound the Horn and send messengers to the two other Ancient Places of Narnia: Lantern Waste and Cair Paravel.
As Caspian travels to meet the Old Narnians (including Pattertwig, Glenstorm, and the indomitable Reepicheep), he discovers the real meaning of the portents observed in the heavens: he is being prepared for war. Gathered together at the Dancing Lawn for a council, the Narnians pledge their allegiance to Prince Caspian, and the Fauns lead a dance to celebrate his arrival.
With the birth of King Miraz's son, Prince Caspian now poses a threat to his uncle's dynasty and must flee the castle for his life. Yet, when he is caught by a storm in the woods, Caspian finds himself in the company of what he and Dr. Cornelius had always wondered, and hoped, to find -- the Talking Beasts of Old Narnia.
Trumpkin's story begins as he tells of Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne of Narnia who secretly harbors "a love for the Old Things." Yet, when King Miraz, his usurping uncle, discovers Caspian's affinity for the stories of Old Narnia, he sends Doctor Cornelius to be his nephew's new tutor. Little does he know that Doctor Cornelius carries a secret of his own and will play a significant role in leading Caspian toward a recognition of who he is and the real truth about Narnia.
As the children awaken in the ruins of Cair Paravel, they begin to discover just how long it has been since they reigned as kings and queens in the Golden Age of Narnia. However, when they suddenly encounter two soldiers attempting to drown a dwarf, the plight of Old Narnia and the call for the ancient kings to return and heal the land draw them further into danger.
Evoking the notion of sehnsucht, or the inconsolable longing for beauty and joy in the human heart, the children's discovery of Cair Paravel in ruins begins the process of awakening within them a remembrance of who they really are: kings and queens of Narnia. This sense of nostalgia and desire, propelled by Lewisian images of ancient wonder, reminds us of our own inconsolable longings for Eden, a magical world that, unfortunately, we have lost as well.
In the opening chapter of Prince Caspian, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy stand on the precipice of a great and glorious journey. Though they believe this journey to be just a simple train ride to boarding school, a strange and mysterious summons draws them back into Narnia where they must restore what has been broken and repair the ruins of Old Narnia before its beauty is lost forever.
In the final chapter of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the great battle against the forces of darkness is finally won, and the Pevensie children at last assume the four thrones at Cair Paravel that have awaited them. The prophecy is fulfilled, and all is well again in Narnia. Yet, as King Peter, Queen Susan, King Edmund, and Queen Lucy rule justly and nobly over the restored land, they discover the White Stag has appeared, a magical creature with the power to grant wished to the one who catches it.
Having resurrected from the dead, Aslan carries Susan and Lucy to the White Witch's empty castle to liberate the many stone statues littered throughout her courtyard. With his Narnian army assembled, Aslan leads the way to the Fords of Beruna to complete the victory by ending the White Witch for good.