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Wardrobe
"It is very foolish to shut one-self into any wardrobe. "
―C.S. Lewis


The Wardrobe was a magical portal in Professor Kirke's House that linked Earth through to the world of Narnia, if only for a short time.

History

The wardrobe was created when Digory Kirke, who later became the Professor, had his own adventure in Narnia.

Aslan had sent him to get an apple from a magic tree and bring it back to him. When he did, the apple was planted in the ground, and a beautiful tree with a silver bark grew.

Aslan later gave one the apples to Digory, to take back home to his sick mother.

When Digory returned to London and gave her the apple, she ate it, and was soon cured of her long sickness. On impulse, Digory then planted the apple core in his back yard, and it grew into a tree as well - a daughter tree to the one that had grown in Narnia.

Sometimes the apple tree would creak and move, as if being blown in the wind - when there wasn't any; as if it could feel the winds that blew its mother tree.

Portal to Narnia

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Lucy enters the Wardrobe.

Eventually, the tree was blown down in a storm, and the much older Digory, unable to bear the prospect of the magical tree being simply chopped up for firewood, had the wood from the tree made into a beautiful wardrobe. This was placed in the empty back room of his large country home, where many years later, Lucy Pevensie discovered it while exploring the house with her siblings.

Hiding inside it, she felt tree branches and snow, and looked up to find herself in Narnia, in Lantern Waste, near the Lamp-post.

The portal seemed not to be open all the time, because when Lucy returned and tried to show the other children, they found only an ordinary wardrobe, with a solid back.

The wardrobe portal was used twice more, first by Lucy and Edmund, who had separate adventures, and then finally all four children entered together. They saved Narnia from the White Witch, and ruled Narnia for 15 years during the Golden Age.

They eventually came back through the wardrobe the same way, and became children again, but told the Professor about all of their adventures. He said they might return to Narnia someday, but suggested they not try to get into Narnia by that route again.

Inspiration

  • Author C. S. Lewis had an English country home of his own, and he took in children who were fleeing London because of the German air-raids, much the same as the Professor did. He also had a magnificent wardrobe in an upstairs room, said to have been of particular interest to one little girl, and to have inspired the wardrobe for which Lewis is now known.

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