This forum was closed on October 1st, 2010. However, the archives are open to the public and filled with vast amounts of good reading and information for you to enjoy. If you wish to meet some Wardrobians, please visit the Into the Wardrobe Facebook group.

Magical Air of Narnia

Please don't close the door behind you.

Magical Air of Narnia

Postby nhealing » 14 Apr 2010, 06:58

Greetings, Wardrobians!
I'm searching for passages from the Chronicles about the effects of the magical air of Narnia. I have this strong memory of people being transformed upon entering Narnia, specifically by the quality of the air - that they become more healthful, youthful, and look different than they did in whatever place they came from. I thank you in advance for your help.
With Joy,
N Healing
nhealing
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2010

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Leslie » 15 Apr 2010, 03:21

And greetings to you too, nhealing!

I don't have the books in front of me right now, but isn't there something in Prince Caspian about Peter and Edmund regaining their kingly bearing after a few days (or was it just hours) after returning to Narnia? And I'm pretty sure that when Frank the cabbie lands in Narnia in Magician's Nephew, he soon loses the edge he gained in London and reverts to a rural speech pattern, and his cheeks become rosier.
"What are you laughing at?"
"At myself. My little puny self," said Phillipa.
--Rumer Godden, In This House of Brede
User avatar
Leslie
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 1809
Joined: Dec 2002
Location: Toronto, Canada

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby carol » 15 Apr 2010, 04:16

I think Eustace is also described as affected by being in Narnia - in VDT where he explores the island while avoiding work, prior to getting lost and finding a dragon.
Image
carol
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 3669
Joined: Apr 1999
Location: New Zealand

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby bolt » 18 Apr 2010, 01:40

I think there is something at the beginning of Prince Caspian about one of the girls' ability to swim.
bolt
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2010

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Nerd42 » 18 Apr 2010, 22:34

I'm reminded of the source of Superman's powers from the DC Comics mythology - the Sun. Supposedly Krypton's sun didn't have the yellow rays ours has, so Kryptonians gain the abilities of Superman when they come to Earth, including bad ones like General Zod.

Not sure whether this "magical air" stuff had any special significance or if it was just a convenient plot device.
Nerd42
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Jul 2009

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Paul F. Ford » 04 May 2010, 22:16

Amazon.com still has a way to search for terms in the Chronicles. Click http://tinyurl.com/2b83lob and move your cursor over "Click to look inside" and enter the search term, e.g., "air," and you will see that there are 107 uses of the word, some of which are pertinent to your quest.
Paul Ford—self-appointed president of the "245-3617 Club" and proud member of the "245-6317 Club"; author of the Companion to Narnia and the Pocket Companion to Narnia.
Paul F. Ford
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 204
Joined: Dec 2004
Location: Camarillo, California

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Paul F. Ford » 04 May 2010, 22:58

I just did a search of my own book and here are two more references (but no article) to "air" and "atmosphere" in the way you are using them. First Eustace and then Jill are invigorated by the air of Narnia in SC. Aslan's Country is characterized by sweet air (see his appearance on the other side of the stable door in LB.)
Paul Ford—self-appointed president of the "245-3617 Club" and proud member of the "245-6317 Club"; author of the Companion to Narnia and the Pocket Companion to Narnia.
Paul F. Ford
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 204
Joined: Dec 2004
Location: Camarillo, California

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Sheroo of Stormness Head » 05 May 2010, 01:05

Hi nhealing,

There are indeed several references to the magical air of Narnia, and here are a couple more references: In PC, the air is mentioned in reference to working on Edmund when he is dueling the DLF. The magical air worked on him so that "all his old battles came back to him." Another place where I think it is indirectly mentioned later in Chapter 10 when he writes: "Of course, if the children had attempted a journey like this a few days ago in England, they would have been knocked up. I think I have explained before how Narnia was altering them." The way he's explained it before is because of the air, right? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

Oh, and in LB, at the beginning of chapter 6, the magical air is again mentioned: "He was surprised at the strength of both the children: in fact they both seemed to be already much stronger and bigger and more grown-up than they had been when he first met them a few hours before. It is one of the effects which Narnian air often has on visitors from our world."

While the air is magical, it's not nearly as fresh as the air in Aslan's country, which is stated in SC by Aslan himself: "Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken."

You know, I noticed, that in contrast, the air of Charn talked about: "the wind that blew in their faces was cold, yet somehow stale." I think it is really interesting how C.S. Lewis really shows how dead Charn is even in the air, compared to Narnia, which is full of life, even in the air.

That's all that I can think of right now, but if I think (or see in the book) more, I'll post them. I'm looking forward to seeing the other references that people find!

Sheroo of Stormness Head
User avatar
Sheroo of Stormness Head
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Feb 2010

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Nerd42 » 06 May 2010, 21:13

Hmm. "His old battles coming back to him." Pre-existence of the human soul perhaps? Did Lewis ever say anything about pre-existence?
Nerd42
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Jul 2009

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Sheroo of Stormness Head » 07 May 2010, 00:05

Actually, Nerd42, I think what Lewis actually meant is that Edmund remembered all of his old tricks. Because he had been away from the Narnian air for 1300 years, or 1 year, whatever you like, Lewis is simply trying to say that Edmund Pevensie, the English boy who was heading off to boarding school, was turning back into King Edmund the Just. I honestly don't think that pre-existence really has anything to do with it.
User avatar
Sheroo of Stormness Head
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Feb 2010

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Nerd42 » 07 May 2010, 05:16

Sheroo of Stormness Head wrote:Actually, Nerd42, I think what Lewis actually meant is that Edmund remembered all of his old tricks. Because he had been away from the Narnian air for 1300 years, or 1 year, whatever you like, Lewis is simply trying to say that Edmund Pevensie, the English boy who was heading off to boarding school, was turning back into King Edmund the Just. I honestly don't think that pre-existence really has anything to do with it.
In other words, you think I'm reading too much into it and you think it's just a plot device or impression. OK. Just thought it was worth asking about.
Nerd42
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 160
Joined: Jul 2009

Re: Magical Air of Narnia

Postby Sheroo of Stormness Head » 27 May 2010, 02:32

Hi Everyone,
I was reading MN last night, and discovered a couple more references to the magical air, and I thought I would share them with you all:
Uncle Andrew is affected by the air: "And now anyone could see that the air of that young world was really doing the old gentleman good. In London he had been far too old to run: now, he ran at a speed which would have made him certain to win the hundred yard's race at any Prep school in England."
The Cabby's horse is also affected by the air: "The air had apparently suited him as well as it had suited Uncle Andrew. He no longer looked like the poor old slave he had been in London; he was picking up his feet and holding his head erect."
That's it for now!
User avatar
Sheroo of Stormness Head
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Feb 2010


Return to The Chronicles of Narnia

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered members and 5 guests