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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Guest: Aslan's Army


From: CS Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The quote: . . . when they tried to look at Aslan's face, they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn't look at him, and went all trembly.
"Go on," whispered Mr Beaver.
"No," whispered Peter, "you first."
"No, Sons of Adam before animals," whispered Mr Beaver back again.
"Susan," whispered Peter. "What about you? Ladies first."
"No, you're the eldest," whispered Susan.

 The question: What's that?! L'Armata BrancaLeone?!

Beauty, or the Beast: According to Salwa Khoddam, "In Lewis' chronicles, one can generally observe that the mixed creatures are evil if they have human bodies but animal heads, and good if it's the other way round, suggesting the Renaissance concept of reason as the highest faculty" (Mythopoeic Narnia, 2013, p. 32). On the other hand, a man-headed bull may prove a decent hellish monster, like this Dantean Minotaur drawn by Beppe Madaudo (1982) . . .