- Well first of all-let me just get this out of my system. Narnia
spelled backwards is Ain ran-you know sounds just like Ayn
Rand? Perhaps Lewis was a fan...
Well, I''m a C.S. Lewis fan, my favorite volume being "The
Abolition of Man". Yeah-men without chests indeed. As JoAnn
pointed out-are we governed or do we govern? Where is the
governer, the regulator, located in a human being?
But on to the film... I saw it mostly because my daughter saw it
and didn't care for it. She said it was too light, too beautiful, too
fairy-tale-esque. I said I thought it was a fairy tale but then I kind
of went out of curiosity to see what was done with it. All I can say
is that I guess my gal is a Tolkien fan. Give her a Tolkien battle
scene over a Lewis one any day. Me, www.lordofthepeeps.com
is more my speed.
So I got home and had to re-read the book-it's short which is one
of the great things about Lewis, IMO-he's, relatively speaking,
succinct. So then I asked my daughter if there was a specific
fairy tale that she had in mind when she saw the
movie-something she was reminded of and she said, ta
Maybe something in the numerous references to the country
being frozen for 100 years. Maybe something about that mean
old ice queen pricking plants, animals, and the half human half
animals with her septure, spear, wand, ice stick thing and
freezing them in their tracks. Or maybe it was in the breathing the
frozen back to life...
I liked the breathing thing. But my favorite scene was the one
where Peter had to drive his sword into the ice and they all had to
hold on for dear life while they were all swept away by the
But what was the picture in Sleeping Beauty, in Sleeping
Beauty's realm? Everyone fell dead asleep in their tracks-frozen
in time for 100 years. Why? Because Sleeping Beauty pricked
her finger on the spinning wheel. (The spinning wheel of what?
What spins? What can spin straw into gold from
Rumpelstilskin? These are fairy tales-what does the spinning
Perhaps there could have been a time, save for the intervention
and the blessing that this not come to pass, that man would be
pierced by the spinning wheel of the intellect and die to the
Spiritual World. You know just a thought...But this does not
happen though people are pricked and frozen in their etheric and
astral bodies every day they are not dead but merely asleep.
They merely appear dead.
As an aside, what wasn't treated in "The Lion, The Witch, and the
Wardrobe" but I find, personally the most fascinating aspect of
the Sleeping Beauty tale is the story of the thirteenth fairy. You
just have to wonder what that Ice Queen's problem is
anyway-like what happened to her?
I wanted to also share the dedication from the book as some
may not have read it:
TO LUCY BARFIELD
My dear Lucy,
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized
that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already
too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you
will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start
reading fairy tales again. you can then take it down from some
upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall
probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word
you say, but I shall still be
your affectionate Godfather,