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Narnia
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Narnian Arms
New Dynasty Arms
Type of Government Kingdom
Head of State King of Narnia
Societal Information
Capital Cair Paravel
Location South of Ettinsmoor,
North of Archenland,
East of the Western Wild,
West of the Great Eastern Ocean
Inhabitants Humans,
Talking Beasts,
Dwarfs,
Dryads, Nymphs, Naiads,
Centaurs,
Fauns,
Satyrs,
Marsh-wiggles
Currency Lion and tree
Historical Information
Date of Establishment 1
Conflicts Winter Revolution,
Ettinsmoor War,
Archenland Conflict,
Telmarine Conquest,
Narnian Revolution,
False Aslan Affair,
Calormene Conquest
"Narnia, the happy land of Narnia - Narnia of the heathery mountains and the thymy downs, Narnia of the many rivers, the plashing glens, the mossy caverns and the deep forests ringing with the hammer of the dwarfs. Oh, the sweet air of Narnia! An hour's life there is better than a thousand years in Calormen."
Bree [src]


The nation of Narnia, often and officially the Kingdom of Narnia, was guarded over by Aslan, the Great Lion, and was filled with humans, talking animals and other mythical creatures. Narnia was a land of rolling hills rising into low mountains to the south, and was predominantly forested, except for marshlands in the north.

The country was bordered on the east by the Merpeople Nation, on the west by a grand mountain range, followed by the Western Wild, on the north by the barren land of Ettinsmoor, and on the south by a continental divide and the Kingdom of Archenland.

The economic heart of the country was the flourishing Great River of Narnia, and all the regions that fed from it. The River entered Narnian lands from the northwest on an east-southeasterly course to the Eastern Ocean.

Officially, the seat of government was the castle Cair Paravel, at the mouth of the Great River, however, under other circumstances, such as (the Age of Winter and the Telmarine Age), separate locations were used as the capital centres of Narnian control.

Inhabitants

There were several notable races that inhabited Narnia and the surrounding countries. These included Humans, Dwarfs, all manner of Talking Beasts, and even Winged Horses, Centaurs, Fauns, Satyrs and Giants, as well as Marsh-wiggles.

Narnians do not have an organised religion (compared to the Calormenes worship of Tash), however, most Narnians seem to have personal faith in Aslan.

Time

Visitors to Narnia observed that the passage of time while they were away was unpredictable. The tendency was for more time to pass in Narnia than at home, although this was not universally true. For instance, the Pevensies stayed in Narnia for more than a decade, but found upon their return that mere seconds had passed on Earth.

By contrast, during Narnia's last days, Tirian spoke to the Pevensies, Digory, Polly, Jill and Eustace while they were on Earth; Jill and Eustace appeared in Narnia after a matter of minutes to Tirian, but what was over a week to them on Earth.

Rulers of Narnia

The known and deduced rulers of Narnia that were divided into seven eras, are as follows: -

NAME

BORN

REIGNED

NOTES

Frank I and Helen

England

0 - 50

The First King of Narnia

Frank II

?

50 - 85

son of preceding

Frank III

?

85 - 120

son of preceding

Frank IV

?

120 - 155

son of preceding

Frank V

?

155 - 190 fl. 180

son of preceding; father of Col, 1st King of Archenland

Col

?

190 - 215

son of Frank V; 1st King of Archenland

unknown

?

215 - 240

son of preceding

unknown

?

240 - 275

son of preceding

unknown

?

275 - 300

son of preceding

Swanwhite I

NA

300 - 302

The Beautiful

Gale

NA

302 - 325

son of precedeing: 1st Emperor of the Lone Islands

Early Kings of the Age of Conquest NA 325 - 600 other islands conqured by later rulers

Later Kings of the Age of Conquest

NA

600 - 900

last descendants of Frank I, presumably murdered

Jadis

Charn

900 - 1000

The White Witch

The Pevensies

England

1000 - 1015

High King Peter the Magnificent, Queen Susan the Gentle, King Edmund the Just, Queen Lucy the Valiant

Kings of the Earlier Dark Age

NA

1015 - 1502

various disputed dynasties rise and fall, possibly beginning with Corin of Archenland

Swanwhite II

?

fl. 1502

The Great Unknown

Non-monarchy Talking beast of the Later Dark Age

NA

1502 - 1998

descended into anarchy in later centuries

Caspian I

bef. 1998, Telmar

1998 - 2035

The Conqueror; King of Telmar

Caspian II

?

2035 - 2070

son of preceding

Caspian III

?

2070 - 2105

son of preceding

Caspian IV

?

2105 - 2140

son of preceding

Caspian V

?

2140 - 2175

son of preceding

Caspian VI

?

2175 - 2210 fl. 2200

son of preceding; built new Capital of Narnia

Caspian VII

?

2210 - 2245

son of preceding

Caspian VIII

?

2245 - 2280

son of preceding

Caspian IX

?

2280 - 2290

son of preceding; murdered by brother Miraz

Caspian IX's Queen

?

2290

wife of Caspian IX

Miraz

?

2290 - 2303

The Usurper; son of Caspian VIII

Caspian X

2290

2303 - 2356

The Seafarer; son of Caspian IX

Rilian

2325

2356 - 2385

The Disenchanted; son of the preceding

unknown

?

2385 - 2410

son of the preceding

unknown

?

2410 - 2435

son of the preceding

unknown

?

2435 - 2460

son of the preceding

unknown

?

2460 - 2485

son of the preceding

unknown

?

2485 - 2510

son of the preceding: built the Three Gaurd Towers

Erlian

?

2510 - 2540 fl. 2534

son of the preceding: Defender of Security

Tirian

2535

2540 - 2555

son of the preceding; Last King of Narnia


Dates in italics are approximate.

History

Creation, Early Years and The Golden Age

Aslan created the World of Narnia by singing it into existence, in which the Stars he was creating, joined him in his song. However, a few moments before Narnia was born, Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer accidentally brought Jadis, Uncle Andrew, a London cabbie and his horse into the void that would become Narnia, at Lantern Waste, by use of the magic rings. Because of this, Aslan charged Digory with the task of planting the Tree of Protection, since his actions had brought Jadis into the infant world.

The cabbie's horse became a Pegasus, and took Digory and Polly to the Western Wild, where Jadis tempted Digory to steal one of the silver apples to cure his ailing mother. The cabbie, Frank I, became the first king of Narnia, and his wife, Helen (Narnia's first queen), was transported to Narnia for their coronation, thus beginning the Age of Conquest

The land of Narnia was in peace for hundreds of years after its creation, and during this time it began to expand its influence to the unknown lands all around it. However, Jadis returned to the Kingdom in Narnian year 898, in order to usurp power for herself. Two years later, she emerged victorious, and bound the entire land in ice and snow for one hundred years, making it always winter but never Christmas. This was known as the Hundred Year Winter.

When four siblings named Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie were evacuated from London during the Blitz, they found their way into Narnia through the wardrobe in The Professor's spare room. Their arrival foretold the end to the White Witch's reign.

Following an uprising by loyal Narnians, and the first Battle of Beruna, the Pevensies were made the new monarchs of Narnia. Because of the great prosperity that Narnia experienced under their reign, this period of history was known as the Golden Age of Narnia.

The Golden Age did not mean absolute peace, though. High King Peter had to lead a raid on the Giants of the North in the Ettinsmoor War, while relations were re-established between Narnia and the border kingdom of Archenland. Queen Susan and King Edmund also traveled to Tashbaan to establish peace with the empire of Calormen, only for Susan to fall under the obsession of its prince.

After Susan rejected the affections of the Calormene prince, and escaped, he led a raid against Archenland and Narnia, in what was deemed the Archenland Conflict. The raid was stopped at the very gates of Archenland's captial by a combined Narnian-Archenland army at the Battle of Anvard Pass.

After fifteen years of being crowned, the Pevensies all went hunting for the legendary White Stag, when they found the lamp-post. After commenting on the "strange device", they continued after the stag, and found themselves returning through the wardrobe to their own world.

The Telmarine Reign and The Narnian Revolution

Under the Dark Age of Narnia, it fell into a state of power-struggles and eventually anarchy, until finally, many years after the Pevensies returned to their homeworld of Earth, a group of people, of mysterious origins, called the Telmarines, immigrated into Narnia and claimed it as their new home.

The Telamarines' homeland had been struck by a terrible famine, and they found the former Kingdom of Narnia to be a plentiful land. Caspian I, also known as Caspian the Conqueror, led most of the Telmarines in their conquest of Narnia, thus beginning the Telmarine Age. The Telmarines, though, were scared of the talking beasts that inhabited the country, and believed them to be demons. Due to this, they drove them into hiding.

The beasts of Narnia lived in hiding for many years, calling themselves the Old Narnians. In the year 2290, Miraz killed his brother, King Caspian IX, and took the throne for himself. His nephew, Caspian X, was allowed to live because Miraz had no heir up until that point in time. During the years he was growing up, Caspian X was told stories of Narnia before the Telmarines invaded.

Eventually, when Caspian was a young man, Miraz's wife gave birth to a son. This meant that Caspian was now a liability to Miraz, and was sentenced to be killed. Caspian's current teacher, Doctor Cornelius, warned Caspian to flee, and even gave him the magical horn of Queen Susan. Sometime after escaping his uncle, he blew the horn, which brought the Pevensies back to Narnia after thirteen hundred years.

After meeting the Old Narnians, Caspian pledged that he would help them win back their country, which started the Narnian Revolution. The Pevensies eventually caught up with Caspian, and gave him their assistance. After several battles, the two sides (the Old Narnians vs. the Telmarine-Narnians) faced off in the Second Battle of Beruna.

NarniansandTelmarines2
Narnians and Telmarine humans co-existed peacefully under Caspian X's rule.
After a duel between Miraz and Peter, Miraz was secretly assassinated by one of his own generals, who then blamed it on the Narnians, and began the last battle. While the Narnians were outnumbered, Aslan returned and awoke the trees and River-God, to help them. The defeat of the Telmarine army marked the end of the Telmarine Reign in Narnia.

Aslan later told the Telmarines that their ancestors were once pirates from Earth, who had found a way into Narnia. He offered any Telmarine who wished to leave the chance to return to Earth. While many Telmarines chose to stay, a number of them chose to leave. This marked the beginning of Caspian X's reign.

Caspian's Reign

Caspian, at one time, made a pledge to Aslan to find the Seven Lost Lords of Narnia. These seven lords had not supported Miraz when he usurped the throne, and were sent away in a ship to the Great Eastern Ocean, so that they wouldn't bother him.

To carry out his task, Caspian ordered the rebuilding of a Narnian navy, since the old navy had not been in use since before the Telmarine conquest, and until then the Telmarines had always been afraid of the sea. One of the newly constructed ships, the Dawn Treader, became the ship that Caspian would sail on.

During the voyage, Caspian was reunited with Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, as well as their cousin Eustace Scrubb, who had been pulled from their world into Narnia. The crew found all seven lords, two of which were dead when he found them. This voyage also gained Caspian the nicknames, The Navigator, and, The Seafarer.

In the year 2310, Caspian married the daughter of a retired star, and she became the next Queen of Narnia. Fifteen years later, she gave birth to their son, Rilian. In the year 2345, she was killed by a witch in the form of a snake. Rilian became determined to avenge his mother, and constantly returned to the spot where his mother died, to find and kill the serpent. During one of these times, he was captured by the witch and taken to Underland, a world beneath the surface of Narnia.

By the year 2356, Caspian was in a deep depression over the loss of his wife and son. Around this time, Eustace returned to Narnia with his friend, Jill Pole. Aslan appeared to both of them, and told them they needed to find Rilian before Caspian died. With the help of a Marshwiggle called Puddleglum, they journeyed to the Underworld. There, they found Rilian under the control of the Green Witch. They helped him break the enchantment, and Rilian slew the Witch when she became a serpent again. They returned Rilian in time for Caspian to embrace his son before he died. Rilian became king after his father's death, thus Narnia had begun yet another era.

Destruction of Narnia

The world of Narnia was finally destroyed some two hundred years later, during the reign of King Tirian, son of King Erlian, and seventh in descent from Rilian.

The events that culminated in its destruction were begun by a talking ape named Shift, who had constructed an elaborate conspiracy, in a selfish attempt to "Modernise" the Kingdom of Narnia to his liking.

By dressing a donkey in a lion's skin, and claiming him to be Aslan, Shift began surreptitiously gaining control of the western portion of the country, by forcing the inhabitants to do his bidding in the Lion's Name. He then made contact with the current Calormen regime, inviting them to take advantage of the situation and fulfill their centuries-old goal of conquering Narnia.

A small group of soldiers under the command of Captain Rishda Tarkaan was soon sent, and by the time King Tirian learned of the ape's traitorous plans, the Calormenes conquer were well on the way to completion.

With the help of Eustace and Jill (who arrived in time to rescue the king from capture), Tirian attempted to rally Narnia and drive out the invaders, but thanks to the dividing effect the False Aslan Affair had had on the populace, and the simultaneous capture of Cair Paravel by a Calormen fleet, his efforts were unsuccessful. Tirian and his remaining supporters were eventually forced into a last stand against Rishda's army in the Battle of Stable Hill.

However, before Calormen could complete its conquest, Aslan proclaimed the end of Narnia, and destroyed it, calling all of its inhabitants to him in the process. All the creatures of Narnia who had been faithful to Aslan were taken with him into his own land, called Aslan's Country, where they met previous people who had lived and died.

Aslan's Country was bigger and better than the "Old Narnia, because it was the real one, whereas the "Old Narnia" had just been a copy of the "New Narnia".

Trivia: Human contact

There are seven documented events of contact between the world of men and the world of Narnia. Dates are taken from a timeline provided in the book Past Watchful Dragons by Walter Hooper (ISBN 0020519702): -


  • In The Magician's Nephew, four humans, Frank (last name unknown), Andrew Ketterley, and children Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer, were present at the creation of Narnia, having been brought there by a series of unfortunate events. The same day, Aslan called Frank's wife, Helen, from England, and the two remained in Narnia as King and Queen. The children and Andrew returned to London.
  • In Narnian Year 460, as alluded to in Prince Caspian, six human pirates and their wives, from the South Sea, entered the land of Telmar through a magic cave. They remained in Telmar, and their descendants formed the Telmarine civilization.
  • In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in Narnian Year 1000, four siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, entered Narnia through a wardrobe that Digory had built from the wood of a magical Narnian tree. Aslan returned to Narnia at the same time, defeated the foreign ruler Jadis, now known as the White Witch, and set up the four children as kings and queens. They ruled for fifteen years before returning to England back in the state of their childhood.The first narnian Lucy meets in Mr. Tumnus ,a Faun , who plays music that sounded "nothing like a Narnian lullaby".
  • In Prince Caspian, in Narnian Year 2303, the Pevensie children were summoned to Narnia by magic to help remove a Telmarine usurper, King Miraz, from the Narnian throne and establish the teenage Prince Caspian as king. After this, Aslan allowed the Telmarines, descendants of the pirates who had arrived long ago, to go back to an island in the South Sea if they so wish.
  • In The Silver Chair, in Narnian Year 2356, Aslan brought Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole to Narnia, where they rescued Rilian, son of the now elderly Caspian, from his enchanted captivity. Caspian died, but was resurrected and briefly crossed over into England in 1942 to help remove a corrupt school administrator.
  • In The Last Battle, in 1949, King Tirian of Narnia appeared to the Seven Friends of Narnia in England, and Aslan brought Eustace and Jill to Narnia in Narnian Year 2555 to assist Tirian at the end of his reign.
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