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The Lion is a large cat. It is four-legged, carnivorous, and a mammal. It was also one of the Talking Beasts of the World of Narnia.
As in our world, the lions are a brownish-gold colour, and the males are easily recognized for the mane of fur around their neck, which the females, called lionesses, lack. Young lions are generally called cubs.
BiographyAslan, the ruler and creator over all Narnia, takes the form of a lion, and thus all lions in Narnia are treated with special respect.
That lion was restored to life by Aslan, when he went to the White Witch's Castle to find more soldiers to take to the First Battle of Beruna. The lion was a little arrogant at first, for when Aslan first restored him, he went around, pretending to be busy, when really he was going around saying: -
- "Did you hear what he said? Us lions. That means him and me. Us lions. That's what I like about Aslan. No side, no stand-off-ishness."
- ―Unnamed lion (Chapter 16) [src]
| Movie-based Information|
Film AdaptionIn the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie, in the scene when Mr. Tumnus attacks a Boggle, a female lion can be seen.
There was also one other lioness, which was another stone prisoner of the White Witch.
When Edmund first arrived at the Witch's castle, he used a bit of black char to draw a comical face upon the lioness. The char remained on the beast even after she was restored to life, as seen at the Pevensies' coronation.
- Lion in the White Witch's Courtyard
- Despite being only the second largest cats in the world, lions are often referred to as the 'king of beasts'.
- However, the African Maasai tribes treated hunting lions as a rite of a passage and a most sacred ceremony that symbolized becoming an adult warrior.
- The lion in the Witch's Courtyard was never mentioned in the LWW film or the BBC version, but did make an appearance in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (animated) film, though he had no spoken lines.