The Plotline of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Last week, the German publisher for the Narnia books released two movie tie-ins, which translate to ‘Photos from Narnia’ and ‘The Book on Film.’

NarniaWebber icarus ordered a copy of ‘Photos from Narnia’, and when it arrived yesterday, he translated it the best he could and typed up the full plot summary for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie.

The full plot is revealed (barring a few potential translation errors) and can be seen on our forum here.

I have not read through it myself as I want some things to be a surprise for the movie, but if you don’t mind being completely spoiled, read on!

97 Responses

  1. Aunt Letty says:

    It does sort of sound as though they've hijacked the story. Not surprised, but not yet dissapointed. Will wait to see what develops onscreen in Dec.

    It's good to keep in mind that this summary (thanks, icarus, for the time and effort involved, by the way) is a summary of a summary, translated from German by a self-admitted apprentice at the language.

    What's the point of getting too worked up when we haven't seen the movie for ourselves yet, and when, no matter what the movie is like, the books will always be there, just the same?

  2. Bookwyrm says:

    Could you point me over to whom I'm supposed to be ragging on? Because maybe I missed the purists being nasty to people and then lecturing people about being nasty. But whatever. I didn't start the "fight" and would never have said anything about your attitude if you hadn't lectured people about being "snippy" after little gems like you calling Glenstorm the Great "nuts" for *gasp* evaluating the evidence we've been given and *gasp* making a judgment call you don't agree with. But whatever.

  3. Bookwyrm says:

    Aww, GtG. 🙁 It's sucky they're doing this with the movie, but it's not worth crying over. 🙁

  4. Val says:

    I am horrified. I expected changes, but this degree of reordering things was beyond what I expected. I am really disappointed. Did they think there was NOTHING worth keeping from the original? I can't imagine how anyone's conversations would even resemble the book's based on this. Also, much character development was lost. Why is nonstop action such a desirable characteristic of movies these days. This makes me really sad.

  5. Pepper Darcy says:

    oh, sorry ='(

  6. Starlily says:

    This is just a movie storybook, though. It's bound to focus on the action scenes. I'm sure there will be more character development in the movie, as Apted promised.

  7. THYSERVANT says:

    Books bring us sth interesting and films bring us sth DIFFERENTLY interesting. Before I saw PC in the cinema, I felt depressed after I read comments from various places. But in fact, PC is kind of a good theological Narnia film. From island to island, it will be all right to us, Narnian fans. But for the others, the adaption like that is OK, at least to myself alone. I do have confidence about VDT. Books, BBC, films, cartoons, versions are different but they are all great that bring us excitement in different tastes.

  8. Hope in the Lord says:

    They've butchered it it doesn't sound like VTDT anymore. Why do they have stray so far from C.S. Lewis's work when it was great and epic the way it was written. This sounds worse then PC. Not gonna be watching this and I was looking forward to it. 🙁

  9. Hope in the Lord says:

    Harry Potter isn't that bad I haven't read the books but DH and I've seen the movies they're pretty good. DH sounds like it'll be closest to the book sorry slightly ot. :\

  10. always narnian says:

    I….didn't read it all…but I am not at all very happy. =(
    How could they do this??? SUSAN AND PETER!?!??!? NOOOOOOO

  11. always narnian says:

    I'm NOT HAPPY PEPPER :'( WHY ARE YOU!?!??! DIDN'T YOU SEE HOW MUCH DIFFERENT IT IS FROM THE BOOK???? (I didn't read it all just scanned parts) :'(

  12. Bookwyrm says:

    Dude, don't shout at her just because you don't agree, she's a nice kid.

  13. Bookwyrm says:

    The people who are passing the judgment that it'll be a good movie should wait too?

  14. Bookwyrm says:

    Had a thought, how does anyone disguise a minotaur as a human? It's not like they can just stick a hood on the thing and it'll magically be able to fool people.

  15. Princess Lucy says:

    yeah ur right…Pepper Darcy is a nice person…at least she is appreciating what the film makers are doing…btw Aslan peeling Eustrace dragon skin might be a bit much for the kids…its not just an adult film

  16. narnian resident says:

    Bookwyrm: cuz, its just polite to not only the other Narniawebbers, but also to the people who are making the film. its just simply being kind to not judge it so horribly without even seeing it yet. who knows, we all might like it 😉

  17. narnian resident says:

    ok,i think im cool now. that was my "freak out" moment. still not happy about it, but im gonna stay calm now

  18. Princess Lucy says:

    I have read the plot…and the way they added Susan and Peter is awesome….it didn't contradict C.S. Lewis book…and its good they added them to link the film series…its not an episodic series..=)

  19. Annabeth says:

    hey, it's this or nothing at all. Anyways, I look forward to seeing what they do, even if it is different. I may not enjoy it ALL, but we at least gotta give it a chance. 🙂

  20. Peter says:

    Has nobody interpreted the Narnia stories correctly ?

    Try re-arranging the letters for NARNIA………IRA NAN …
    For those who fall down on the right side – and to the Red Army referred to in the stories – good luck.

  21. Bookwyrm says:

    So we can judge it positively based upon what we've seen, but judging it negatively is unkind? Can I judge it negatively after the film is out or will that still be unkind? Is there some sort of rulebook for this sort of thing?

  22. Bookwyrm says:

    Conspiracy theories? Really, dearie?

  23. Bookwyrm says:

    Nothing at all sounds preferable.

  24. Bookwyrm says:

    Conspiracy theories? Really dearie?

  25. Annabeth says:

    I think we are all being just a bit irrational. Please, can't we all just wait untill we actually get to SEE the actual film itself?

  26. Annabeth says:

    *stands up and applauds for Narnian resident* ^^^ you are DEFINATELY right.

  27. rachel says:

    Narnia is based on a christian story and Jesus is the loin-Aslan who is the most high king long live Jesus Christ our Savior

  28. Queen Susan the Gentle says:

    I want to read this, but I know it'll ruin the movie for me, so I shan't.

  29. SavedByGrace says:

    I love spoilers and sneak peeks… but I can't look!! We'll have to wait together 🙂

  30. Queen Elizabeth says:

    Thank you Rachel!!!

  31. QueenLucy12 says:

    oh my gosh I almost read more than a paragraph. But so basicly I didn't read it but I did cuz I really dont want to spoil the WHOLE movie. I …now….going… spoiler…FREE! Hopefully I can keep it that way for now! 2 MONTHS TILL DAWN TREADER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. NarniaNut says:

    UGH!!! Fine I'll be good…. 🙁

  33. I am in too! Let's do it!

  34. I have not read it but from what you guys are saying…I am getting sick! I HATE HOLLYWOOD!!!!! Darkness sucking souls? Sounds like they are trying to include the Nothing from The Neverending Story (which I like but not combined with Narnia!). Eustace's transformation was the best part of the whole book for me. I wrote a poem based off it and everything! Ugh!!!
    Can I just say it again…I hate Hollywood!!!!!

  35. Alambil and Tarvis says:


    And will everyone stop complaining before you've even SEEN the flipping movie!!

    Reserve final judgments until AFTER you've seen it. I've made the mistake of judging things by spoilers before and have had my expectations completely dis-proven. So I highly suggest that you (a) stop reading the spoilers, and (b) wait to actually SEE the darn thing before you start ranting about every little detail that you hate.


  36. jrfehv says:

    the way plot plays out in here, in respect to eustace's undragoning, is exactly opposite to the report given earlier by christianity today.

    it sounds as if this plot summary, is the one before that part was revised. at least, i hope so.

  37. Dustfinger says:

    Wow. This plot is really mixed up. It looks like they're totally messing up the second half of the story! Granted they kept the beginning pretty much intact, but why do they have to change so much? I mean, of course they're going to change parts of it. That's how movies go. I don't mind that. But do they have to completely mix up all the islands and add so much? (Though I'll probably like chunks of it.)