October 7, 2014

Here's my favorite moment in Narnia. What's yours?

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis are full of remarkable passages. In fact, there are so many amazing moments that it can be difficult to narrow it down to a single favorite. But if I had to choose today, I would go with a scene near the end of The Magician's Nephew. The scene comes just after Aslan has sung Narnia into existence and after the boy Digory has managed to allow the evil Queen Jadis into the newly created world. As Digory is preparing for a task that will protect Narnia from the wicked Queen, he gathers the courage to ask Aslan to cure his deathly ill mother. Here's the passage as Lewis tells it:
"But please, please - won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?" Up till then he had been looking at the Lion's great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his mother than he was himself. 
"My son, my son," said Aslan. "I know. Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet. Let us be good to one another." 
I reserve the right to change my mind later, but for now that's my favorite moment in Narnia. What's yours?

2 comments:

Disciple Dojo said...

My favorite is when Reepicheep gets to sail off to Aslan's Country in Dawn Treader on his little boat. It's an amazing moment for perhaps my favorite character in the series.

Kevin Jackson said...

Here are a few of mine:

In the Silver Chair when Puddleglum sticks his foot in the fire to get rid of the witch's enchantment.

In the Horse and His Boy where Shasta is sleeping by the tombs and the little cat comes to help him. The cat is actually Aslan.

In the Last Battle where the Calormen soldier gets to heaven because he was worshiping Aslan without realizing it.