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Into the Wardrobe A Community of Wardrobians 2010-09-30T23:59:28+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/feed.php?f=9 2010-09-30T23:59:28+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2391&p=207145#p207145 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • A Simple Solution of 2456317]]>
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As I already posted nearby about an hour ago - The Going Away Party is in full swing. Jesus is also among the invited guests: ready - if necessary - to turn our water into wine. May we remain with him always. SHALOM Dear Friends!

Statistics: Posted by Reep — 30 Sep 2010, 23:59


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2010-09-29T22:10:17+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2391&p=207088#p207088 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • Re: The 2456317 Club]]> is posted earlier in this thread, here it is once again for posterity's sake:

Published (2456317)

Published order, it’s you we can turn to
You give us something we can hold on to
Other people think that we’re stuck in the past
But it’s far more complicated than that


We all know the best order
We need to make the world see
You shouldn’t change the order

Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven

Published, published, you’re the way for me
We’re not sure why but you make us so happy
We wish they were ordered the way they should be
We rearrange every book from the entire set

We all know the best order
We need to make the world see
You shouldn’t change the order

Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven

We’ve done it (We’ve done it) We’ve done it
We’ve moved all the books around
We’ve done it (We’ve done it) We’ve done it
Now they’re placed the way that they should be

We all know the best order
We need to make the world see
How we love the best order

Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven

Published order it’s you we can turn to
(Two four five six three one seven)
But we have to search on Ebay just to find you
(Two four five six three one seven)

Two four five six three one seven
Two four five six three one seven
Six three one seven

Statistics: Posted by Carrie — 29 Sep 2010, 22:10


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2010-09-18T00:25:12+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5583&p=206919#p206919 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • Concerning Warning]]>
carol wrote:
Reep, I can see that for you Lucy Barfield is a crucial person for the creation and ongoing popularity of Narnia. While I do not share your views, and believe you have overstated the case, I am content to let you enjoy this view.

I would warn others however not to see young Miss Barfield as some sort of Patron Saint of the Chronicles.

Dear carol, I certainly can understand your concern and your need to warn us not to see Lucy Barfield as a saint. But I believe you are also overstating what I meant... The crucial person for the creation of Narnia - is and can be no other than only Lewis himself. It can be nothing else than his life-long tremendous love of God and people. And in this concrete case - his love for one living and concrete little girl of four.

This love kept his attention and gave him focus for almost nine years. In subtle ways also affecting and molding whatever he wrote. Lucy Barfield is reflected in the entire book, not only in its most important and most beautiful character. An that is all. I do not think Lewis ever tried to base his book on any single person. But he might have had some picture of what he wished his god-daughter to be. Less seeing what she was, seeing more her future potental. And at the same time also subtly connecting with the potental of every child.

P.S. September 30th. The Going Away Party is already in full swing. Jesus is also among the invited guests. Ready - if it will be necessary - to turn our water into wine.
So as not to interrupt it I place this little urgent message I just received from England here: The Owen Barfield Literary Estate plans to have a small section on Lucy Barfield in the near future. They can be found at: http://www.owenbarfield.org

Statistics: Posted by Reep — 18 Sep 2010, 00:25


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2010-09-17T11:11:42+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2086&p=206909#p206909 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • Re: You Might Be a Narnian If...]]>


5. Christmas seems to take FOREVER to get here.
6. You examine every lamp-post you see for signs of root damage.
7. When you hear the word fau(w)n, you think not of Bambi, but of parcels and umbrellas.
10. You always reach inside wardrobes and touch the back...just in case.
12. You are always polite to animals.
13. You talk to animals.
14. Animals talk to you and you understand them!
15. You are a bit suspicious of middle-aged men wearing yellow and green rings.
17. You know that the collective term for owls is "parliament."
19. You sometimes wonder if humans are a myth.
29. You are determined to live like a Narnian, even if there isn't any Narnia.
31. You always clean your sword after battle.
32. The first time you ever heard the name Aslan, a curious feeling awoke inside you.
35. You have conversations with your horse.
36. You have a strange approach/avoidance reaction to Lions.
37. You believe the stars in the heavens are people you have personally met.
39. You believe that a Lion can change a dragon into a boy by "peeling" him.
40. You enjoy having tea parties with fauns and beavers.
41. You know dwarves exist, but you are never sure which side they're on.
o You know that some insides are bigger than the outsides.
o Your are old enough to read children's stories (again).
o People notice that you are different than you were last year.
You come out of the room and find that not even a minute has passed.
You suddenly find yourself wisked away.
You long to see World's End.
You see an old friend who has aged much too fast.
You can never get the whole time concept right.
You get the feeling there are invisible people watching.
You don't care, you will read the spell.
You've always liked the painting of that ship in your room. (It wasn’t in my room though, but in my grandparents’ living-room)
If you wonder whenever you walk through the woods if the Trees can see you....hear you.....talk to you....
You bend to your knees in front of the lion's cage while visiting a zoo.
You worry that winter might last forever.
You don't trust women in green dresses.



I would also add:
•Playing Hide and Seek will never be the same again.
•When you play Hide and Seek you always hide in wardrobes and secretly hope it will take you back to Narnia.
•You inspect the ground around lampposts for traces of faun hoofs
•You have a friend who really reminds you of Mr Tumnus and you secretly think it is him disguised as a human
•You think of yourself as a daughter of Eve or son of Adam
•You distrust apes
•Some places in your town have an uncanny resemblance to Narnia, but when you tell your friends about it they roll their eyes and say "Here she/he goes again"

Statistics: Posted by teomiriam — 17 Sep 2010, 11:11


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2010-09-15T16:39:29+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5583&p=206888#p206888 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • Re: Lucy Barfield: The Real Lucy of Narnia]]>

MY DEAR LUCY,


I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand, a word you say, but I shall still be
your affectionate Godfather,
C.S. LEWIS


Also, there was some earlier discussion of photographs of Lucy Barfield. I found several listed as being in the Special Collections Dept. of the library at Oxford, part of the Catalogue of papers of (Arthur) Owen Barfield. They don't seem to be available online however. http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/online/modern/barfield/barfield.html#barfield.E

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2010-09-15T09:52:57+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5583&p=206882#p206882 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • Re: Lucy Barfield: The Real Lucy of Narnia]]>
While I do not share your views, and believe you have overstated the case, I am content to let you enjoy this view.

I wrote this story for you. When I began it... you were only four... But I did not forget you. And I will never forget you untill I die!...
This is NOT what Lewis wrote in the dedication.

I would warn others however not to see young Miss Barfield as some sort of Patron Saint of the Chronicles. She was Lewis' god-daughter, and had almost nothing to do with the origin or writing of the stories - she was four when he began the first story (at the start of the war) which did not include a child with her name.
It was nine years later, after he had survived the war including a number of lively evacuees (notably the young lady on whom Lucy P's character is based) that he wrote the story as we know it. His god-daughter was in her early teens and clearly no longer interested in children's tales (although he hoped she would enjoy it in a few years). The tales, the origins of the events and so on do not have parallels with her life.

She certainly seems to have been a special lady to know, and I do not wish to be disrespectful to her. But I feel concern over the slight blending of identity of the three Lucys that seems to be suggested by some people.

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2010-09-14T14:45:26+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5583&p=206865#p206865 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • Re: No Response]]>
Reep wrote:
Lucy Barfield: the Real Lucy of Narnia - which began to exist on 27 May 2006 and reached 13481 views - on the first day of October 2010 will be no more.


Just a point of clarification -- nothing on the forums related to C. S. Lewis "will be no more" when the forums are closed. As I said in the announcement, they will be changed to a read-only mode that allows people to read them, but not post.

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2010-09-14T13:55:25+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5583&p=206864#p206864 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • No Response]]>
The answer is clearly: NO! "Without Lucy Barfield there would had been no Chronicles of Narnia"! As there would had not been without C.S. Lewis himself. These two names will remain forever locked; and not just on the first page of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But also locked in an eternal, never dying Love. I wrote this story for you. When I began it... you were only four... But I did not forget you. And I will never forget you untill I die!... A very humble, a little bashful declaration not of fictional but of real love. which deeply touched hundreds of the first young readers and gave this book its meaning: I am loved, too! Until The First Chronicle stopped being The First.

Not many know now anymore that the first entrance into Narnia was not meant to be from a dirty, dusty attick in a crowded suburb but from a huge beautiful mansion far in the country; surrounded by well-kept gardens, trees and fields. And also that before entering, at the Wardrobe door, they were all supposed to meet Lucy Barfield, already expecting and waiting for them to be their guide. Who had already entered it before them and had been already exploring this mysterious realm for sixteen months - having been the first to receive this book by the end of May 1949.

For us and all others the door solemnly and officially opened on Monday, 16 October 1950. A New World opened, a new country was born into the consciousness of our Old World. NARNIA! A word nobody had never known before - suddenly exploded in London on that day and began to spread. And still continues to spread now, precisely sixty years having passed - in over 200 million copies and 47 languages.

Let's celebrate! Yes, this our little thread or topic - Lucy Barfield: the Real Lucy of Narnia - which began to exist on 27 May 2006 and reached 13481 views - on the first day of October 2010 will be no more. Let us take a brief look at Lucy Barfield at Wikipedia which is really just a brief look back here. On 2 November 2010 she would had been Seventy Five. And let us all thank one another. Cheerfully, with bread and wine!

As a friend of Prince Caspian once said. "My Jesus is Jesus turning water into wine. This is what he wants us to be. THE NEW WINE!"

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2010-09-14T07:05:33+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7172&p=206861#p206861 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • Re: "C. S. Lewis: Dreamer of Narnia"]]> Statistics: Posted by CKinna — 14 Sep 2010, 07:05


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2010-09-13T02:27:39+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7172&p=206834#p206834 <![CDATA[The Chronicles of Narnia • Re: "C. S. Lewis: Dreamer of Narnia"]]> Statistics: Posted by glumPuddle — 13 Sep 2010, 02:27


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