Sunday, January 31, 2016

C. S. Lewis

Allow me to introduce you to my absolute favorite writer! (Alongside Chuck Black.)
Clive Staples Lewis was born in 1898, and was called Jack by his friends. I just call him Lewis. I always thought it ironic that in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader he write, "There was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it." When Lewis' own name wasn't exactly catchy.

Here I want to share you some super interesting facts I've learned about Lewis. Along with my favorite quotes from his book and from the man himself. Because not only did Lewis write the fictional Narnia - he wrote Screwtape Letters, the Great Divorce, Mere Christianity and others.

Facts about the book!
  • At 15 Lewis was sent to England to study with a private tutor named W. T. Kirkpatrick. Lewis honored his tutor by naming a character Professor Kirk.
  • Lewis formed a club with a group of his friends, who all shared an interest in writing, called The Inklings. It was in this group that he met J. R.R. Tolkien.
  • Lewis got some of his inspiration for Aslan from his favorite book The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams.
  •  In 1939 Lewis began writing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But ideas had been forming in his mind long before then. He was inspired by the myths his Irish nurse told him when he was little. The idea of a fawn carrying parcels was first concocted at the age of 16, and during World War II he had four children stay with him at his country house - stirring his imagination even more.
  • The Pevensies original names were to be Ann, Martin, Rose, and Peter. Instead of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. (That seems to hard to imagine) 
  • 10 years later, in 1949, Lewis completes The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. 
  • In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The island where nightmares come true was based off of Lewis' lifelong struggle against nightmares. 
  • Lewis did all his writing with a pen because he never learned to type. One reason was because of the clumsiness caused by Lewis’s only having one joint in his thumbs’ preventing him from using a typewriter properly. Yet, it wasn’t just his thumbs keeping him from the typewriter, he chose not to type. “This mechanical mode of writing”, he believed, “interfered with the creative process in that the incessant clacking of the typewriter keys dulled the writer’s appreciation of the rhythms and cadences of the English language.”
  • Aslan is Turkish for Lion
 Now, I'm hoping I'm not alone in saying I LOVED the Narnia movies as well as the books. So there are a few funny facts about the movies I thought I'd share.
  •  alt tag goes here During the production on the LtWatW, Edmund's voice was cracking. His older sister actually had to do some voice over work to make up for her brother's puberty troubles.
  • Did you know that this is actually Georgie's older sister playing the adult version of Lucy? The older version of Queen Lucy is actually played by Georgie's (Lucy) older sister.
  •  Most awesome part of this movie. I instantly noticed he did this because it's called Horse Vaulting. And since I did the same thing I decided I must be Narnian! Peter completes a perfect Vaulting mount. (Not something to take lightly.) Caspian later says in the behind the scenes, "I tried to do it and....I just can't." Peter insisted on doing all his own stunt work.
  • Aw. Ben's looking after the little guys. Warwick (Nickabrick) Would continually get lost because he was so short. So Ben (Caspian) took it upon himself to watch over his little buddy.
  • I was just watching Prince Caspian and realized that in the first scene in Prince Caspian, Caspian escapes his home in the castle through a WARDROBE. This shot is exactly the same as the one of Lucy in LWW. The Narnia nerd in me loves this.: When Caspian goes through his wardrobe, following his tutor, he stops and peeks back out to watch what happens. This is the exact same thing Lucy does as she's watching the door to see if Peter comes in. Peter also does it when all four of the Pevensies go into the wardrobe.
  • Aslan e LĂșcia *-*: In the scenes where Lucy his hugging/petting Aslan, she was fondling either a stuffed animal of the directors elbow.
  • ....Did not know that....creepy.......:  
  • Lucy sees Mr.Tumnus for the first time…funny fact: I read in an interview with Georgie Henley where she said that this scene was the really the first time she had seen James McAvoy in costume and it genuinely startled her.: When Lucy is exploring the lamppost Tumnus comes upon her. This was the first time Lucy had seen him in costume so she actually shrieked in terror.
  •  Narnia Lucy was brought onto the set of the lamppost blindfolded. So the wonder on her face as she looks around is completely genuine. She is exploring Narnia here for the first time.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian I know it strayed from the book, but I loved this movie! :D: Around this time and when they are all talking at the edge of the River Rush, Edmund turns a corner and runs into a metal pole. He get's a good fat lip from it, which you can see him trying to suck in whenever they are doing a close up.
  •  Lucy Pevensie and Trumpkin: The scowl on Trumpkin's face was prosthetic. But because it looked so real it would trip the director out. "I couldn't understand why he was frowning at me." The director said. "Finally I asked him if something was wrong. He just waves his hand over his face and says, 'it's not real.' "
Favorite Quotes!!

 alt tag goes here      CS Lewis, Narnia Quote on 12x12 ceramic tile with wall mount
 alt tag goes here         Petite Modern Life // Aslan Quote// Free Printable
alt tag goes here          Since it is so likely children will meet cruel enemies... #quotes #authors #writers:
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 OK..That's a little gross.           The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader is one of my favorites.
How many times have we cried for Him and He gave us strength?:       
 Love this quote...I just had to repin it! And I love Reepicheep too!:
Aslan.:         OH MY GOSH!! I love this speech so much. Puddleglum from the Silver Chair says it to the witch when she's trying to enchant them. It's always stuck with me! *grins*:
This is why CS Lewis and Tolkien were friends... they saw the same Truth.:               Yes. I would take tea with Lucy and Tumnus:
~The magician's nephew~:            Anna Beane - Google+ @Anna's Narnia Edits:
alt tag goes here         oh. my. goodness! this is the ending to the chronicles of narnia! it is in the last battle! i LOVE this ending!!


  1. Great post, Elly! I'm a big fan of all C.S. Lewis' books, but Narnia will always be one of my favorites.

    1. Thanks Hannah! I had so much fun making this one. And I just had to share all the cool facts I've learned over the years of learning about Lewis.