'Chronicles of Narnia' give readers something to rejoice about
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011 21:04
Have you ever had any reason to get excited over mothballs?For those of you who saw "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" over the holiday season, you may have noticed a few people in the audience getting excited over some of the oddest things. For example, when Lucy opens the wardrobe for the first time and two mothballs fall out, you might have noticed that someone down the aisle from you was dancing in their seat.
If you're not familiar with the story, here's the rundown. The four Pevensie children - Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy - are living with their mother in England during World War II while their father is out fighting. During the middle of the night, bombs are dropped over the home in an air raid. This causes Mrs. Pevensie - and many other parents - to send their children out to live with others until the raids are over. Thus the Pevensie children are sent out to live with the Professor, an eccentric, mysterious old man, and his stern housekeeper, Mrs. Macready.
It's a beautiful place with gardens and plenty of room to explore outside. The children decide to play hide-and-seek. It is while searching for the perfect hiding place that Lucy, the youngest, finds a huge wardrobe in a spare room. She quickly hides, making sure not to close herself in, of course. She pushes herself backwards through the fur coats, searching for the back of the wardrobe. But she never finds it. Instead, she finds herself in an entirely new world, covered in snow.
Welcome to Narnia, a land where it is always winter and never Christmas. This is due to Jadis, otherwise known as the White Witch. Of course, she's not really the leader of Narnia. But ever since Aslan, the Great Lion, has vanished, Narnia has been under her rule.
But all that is about to change. According to an ancient prophecy, when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve sit on the four thrones at Cair Paravel, the days of the White Witch will be over.
Thus the children are thrown into the greatest adventure of their lives. With the help of their friends Mr. Tumnus, the Beavers and Aslan himself, they must defeat the White Witch and free the entire land.
If the movie reminds you of "The Lord of the Rings," that's because the author, C.S. Lewis, happened to be good friends with J.R.R. Tolkien, the man behind "The Lord of the Rings". In fact, it was Tolkien who led Lewis to Christianity, which is one of the main themes of the story. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", the first of the seven books in the Narnia series, was published in 1950.
Fans of the book will be happy that the movie follows very closely to the books, hence the excitement over mothballs. With the movie still in the top ten after being out in theatres since Dec. 9, it's a sure bet that we'll see are from the land of Narnia soon.