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Battle of Beruna
Battle of Beruna
Both forces charging each other
Conflict: Winter Revolution
Date: Year 1000 of Narnia
Place: Fords of Beruna
Outcome: Narnian victory, end of the White Witch's reign
Narnian Arms Kingdom of Narnia White Witch's Army
Narnian Arms Aslan

Narnian Arms Sir Peter Wolfsbane Pevensie
Narnian Arms Edmund Pevensie
Narnian Arms General Oreius

White Witch

General Otmin

Book: unknown,
Movie: 5,000 soldiers later 700 soldiers (Peter's Aid)
Book: unknown but significantly larger,-br-Movie- 15,000
600 turned to stone, 400 killed. Over 10,000.

The Battle of Beruna was the first major battle in Narnian history, fought at the Fords of Beruna at the end of the Long Winter (Narnian year 1000).

The epic battle was fought between the White Witch's Army (commanded by the Minotaur General Otmin and the Witch) and Aslan's Army (commanded by the Centaur General Oreius and Sir Peter Pevensie, and later by Aslan himself). It is considered the coup-de-grâce of the Winter Revolution.


The events leading up to the battle were the White Witch, self-proclaimed Empress of the Lone Isles and Queen of Narnia, Jadis of Charn, being able to capture the country and turning all protestors of her reign into stone with her magical wand.

After she built a palace for herself, she began Narnia's Long Winter in its year 900. Gradually, forces of rebel natives of Narnia secretly organized, hoping to eventually overthrow Jadis and restore peace (and normal weather patterns) to Narnia.

In year 1000, the four human Pevensie children arrived who were believed to be part of a prophecy which would be the only chance of the Narnians to dethrone the White Witch. Once all four children participated with the Narnians, Aslan, the Great Lion, appeared at the camp of the Narnian Army and readied them for war.

In the film, after Aslan's sacrifice, the two Pevensie girls sent word that he was dead, so Peter and Edmund went to war without them.

The Battle


Armies of Aslan and Jadis in full on combat while Aslan Himself defeats the Witch.

The following section intends to carefully integrate information from both official canonical and non-canonical sources into a coherent perspective of the conflict.

Little is known about the battle in the book, but in the movie it is far more detailed.


The Witch charging into battle.

The Battle of Beruna originated on a hilly, grassy field with both armies facing each other. Peter Pevensie, oldest of the four children, led Aslan's Army against the White Witch's Army with General Oreius at his side.

It was reported by a gryphon that the witch's army was much stronger than the Narnians, but Oreius said that "numbers do not win a battle," whereas Peter replied, "No, but I bet they help."


Sir Peter Wolf's-bane leading the charge.

The Witch initiated the battle with a frontal charge. Half of her army, led by General Otmin, charged, with the remainder staying in reserve. Peter responded by ordering his airborne troops to shower the enemy with stones in an aerial attack to thin the enemy's ranks.

The White Witch sent numerous Harpies to weaken the attacking Gryphons. Several Gryphons were killed by Dwarf Archers, while the others retreated.

The Narnians, led by Peter, charged to meet the enemy in the middle of the plain and quickly clashed with Otmin's division. After her first wave of troops had thinned the ranks of Aslan's army, the Witch then sent the second wave of her attack. To keep his forces from being crushed in the open, Peter ordered a retreat to a fall-back point in the rocks where his archers were stationed. During the retreat, the unicorn that Peter was mounted on was shot out from under him, and he lay stunned for several moments. Seeing that their future king was extremely vulnerable with the enemy closing in, Oreius and a rhinoceros charged into the ranks of the Witch's army to buy Peter some time to recover and retreat with the rest of his army.


Aslan, Lucy, Susan and the liberated prisoners of the White Witch, charge to aid Peter.

Shortly into the charge, the rhinoceros was cut down by ankle slicers, while Oreius continued on in the direction of the Witch, killing Otmin along the way. When Oreius made it to the Witch, they dueled briefly before he was turned to stone.

As the battle wore on, it became clear to Peter that the fight was lost. He shouted to Edmund to leave Narnia and take their sisters with him. Edmund initially obeyed his brother, but when he saw the witch zeroing in on Peter, he changed course and engaged her. Although his first attack missed Jadis's wand, he was quickly able to shatter it with his sword. Jadis, however, being the better warrior, quickly recovered, and stabbed Edmund with the broken wand, mortally wounding him.

After seeing his brother fall, Peter charged the Witch in a rage, and fought with her for several minutes, but was barely able to hold her at bay. When Aslan himself appeared with a reinforcement army, Jadis redoubled her attack upon Peter, and managed to pin him to the ground. She was about to deliver the killing blow when Aslan intervened by pouncing on the witch, and devoured her.

With their Queen slain, Jadis's army was quickly routed out, and Aslan's breath and Lucy's cordial revived much of their army, including Edmund and General Oreius.

Creatures in Aslan's Army

Creatures in Jadis' Army

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