The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (book)

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C.S. Lewis. It was the first of The Chronicles of Narnia to be written, in 1950, and is the best known. The Magician's Nephew is thus a "prequel".

The story takes inspiration from the Gospel themes of betrayal, death, resurrection and redemption. There is a nod in the direction of the Trinity concept, with Aslan in the Christ-role and a passing reference to the "Emperor over Sea" as God the Father. The children form a disciple-group around Aslan, with Edmund as Judas and Peter the High King as the apostle Peter. The two girls also follow Biblical precedent through being first to see the resurrected Aslan. The book is not intended to be a re-telling of Biblical stories in another form; it simply borrows ideas from them so as to illustrate basic conceptions of Christianity.



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