Thursday, March 27, 2014

further up and further in // narnian link-up

“This is the land of Narnia,' said the Faun, 'where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.” 

 The lovely folks over at The Book Chewers have been hosting a Narnia Month this March. For a Narnia fan like myself, I've loved reading their posts. Earlier this month they posted this link-up, and I decided to join in!

1. Who introduced you to Narnia?
 For as long as I can remember, the books have been on my family's bookshelf. I grew up listening to Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre of The Chronicles of Narnia (which I still listen to often!). It wasn't until I was twelve that I read the books for myself. They become instant favorites. So, answer to the question? My parents and older siblings introduced me to Narnia.

2. How many times did you check the back of your OWN wardrobe for signs of magical life?

 I've never owned a wardrobe that looked cool enough to be a passage into Narnia, but one time, I did check the back of a wardrobe in a beautiful old house my family and I were staying at. I thought that if any wardrobe were to lead me to Narnia, that would be the house I'd find it in - because that house belonged to none other than Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis' own stepson! Did I find Narnia? Maybe! ;)

3. Who's your favourite animal Narnian character?

 Other than Aslan (because duh!), my very favorite talking beast of Narnia is Reepicheep the Mouse. He's chivalrous, fearless, and completely hilarious.

4. Who's your favourite human Narnian character?
 That would have to be Eustace Clarence Scrubb. He starts off as the most bothersome nuisance you'd ever wish to see (which is very amusing), but slowly he becomes an incredibly epic character.

5. If you could fall into one of the seven books, which would you choose?

 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader! That's the Narnian book I love the most, and it has most of my favorite characters. I'd love to be a part of that adventure. I mean, seriously - mysterious islands, dragons, retired stars, and duffelpuds? Can't get better than that.

  6. Which would you rather be: dwarf, talking beast, or marshwiggle?
Probably a talking beast. Maybe a mouse or a squirrel? :)

7. Who do you think had the harder quest? The journey on the Dawn Treader with Prince Caspian? Or Eustace and Jill's trek to find the lost Prince Rilian?
 I'd have to say Eustace and Jill's journey sounds harder. Just think: a whole city of giants wanted to eat them, and then later they get brainwashed in the Underland. Scary stuff people, very scary stuff.

8. Which of the four Pevensie children (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) do you most relate to?

 I have to cheat with this one and say both Edmund and Lucy.

9. If being out of a family of 4, going to boarding school, and living in England are necessary for having a Narnian adventure, how well do you score?
 Hmmm. Well, I do have three siblings (there's 1 point!), I don't go to a boarding school (0 points), and I live in Ireland, not England - but since this is where C. S. Lewis was from, can pretty please give myself a point for that? ;) If so, then 2/3 points!

  10. Would you sell your soul for Turkish Delight?

 That was super fun. You should do it. And make sure you check out The Book Chewers blog, because it's cool and stuff.



  1. Oh I looove all the illustrations, I'm glad you put them in your post. They're just GORGEOUS. *happy sigh* I grew up listening to the Focus on the Family's dramatised version too. Gosh, we wore out those CDs we loved them so much. XD Thanks for linking up with us!

    1. Thank you Cait! I love the illustrations, too. They're just perfect for the stories!

  2. I love the pictures too! And you probably have the most points out of three for the Narnian adventure than anyone who linked-up!

    1. Thank you! Maybe so, but I'm still not quite there...maybe I should sign up for boarding school? Hehe!

  3. This looks so fun! I would do it if I have read all of the Narnia books. My mom read the first two and a half books to us when we were little, but in the middle of The Horse and His Boy we got bored. I own all of them, but the only one I've read is The Last Battle (Because it had a unicorn on the cover and I may or may not have been completely obsessed with unicorns at the time), I know, weird! But I do have plans this summer to read them al, but I guess that would be too late to do the tag... :( :)

    1. Thanks, Hannah! I'm excited to see what you think of them when you read them!

  4. Love this post! Eustace Clarence Scrubb is such a great character. :) I'm also a big fan of Puddleglum. And I never had a wardrobe, but I used to climb into my closet and press against the back wall. :) I love chocolate, so I used to picture Turkish Delight as the most delicious sort of chocolate dessert imaginable. When I saw pictures of it and fount out what it really is, I was terribly disappointed. I've never tried it, but it doesn't look like something I'd enjoy. :)

    1. Puddleglum is another favorite character of mine! He's great. And as for Turkish Delight - I know, it's not as exciting as it sounds in the book, is it? I don't think I've ever tried real Turkish Delight before, but I've tried chocolate with gooey Turkish Delight filling, and I wasn't a big fan. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Narnia! Although I've heard about the series of books all my life, my family only decided to take a look at the books last year. However.... I've been enjoying them immensely! I've only read 3 of the books, but they are ever so charming.