Episode 88: ‘Prince Caspian’ Book Commentary (Part 1)

The NarniaWeb Council returns to begin discussing the second Narnia book to be published, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951). Rilian and Glumpuddle begin in Chapter 1 and proceed in more-or-less chronological order through the book.

Running Time 33:09

Discussion Questions:

  • How do you think PC works as a stand-alone book? (1:45)
  • Did you immediately know the children were in the ruins of Cair Paravel? Were you surprised to learn that hundreds of years had passed since LWW? (3:33)
  • In the treasure chamber, did you notice that Lucy’s cordial is never mentioned? (18:38)
  • What were your first impressions of “the dwarf”? (8:39)
  • Did you notice that the Pevensies apparently don’t learn Trumpkin’s name until after he tells his story? (9:04)
  • What do you think about the four-chapter flashback? Were you disappointed to cut away from the Pevensies? (10:07)
  • What were your first impressions of Reepicheep and the other Old Narnians? (23:18)
  • Were you confused by the rules of using the horn? (28:18)
  • When did you figure out that Trumpkin was “the dwarf” the Pevensies had met? (30:04)

(Listen to Part 2 and Part 3 of our Prince Caspian commentary)

7 Responses

  1. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    With a name like Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, I would certainly hope the children would end up in Narnia!

    Something I have never understood regarding the Narnians in hiding is that some of the creatures that appear in the previous books (winged horses, unicorns, etc.) do not make an appearance or are not mentioned when the Dancing Lawn scene takes place. Of course, it could just be that it would take Lewis many pages to list all the Narnian creatures present, and that the ones not mentioned were there, as evidenced in The Last Battle with Jewel the Unicorn being a main character. However, perhaps a crazy thought, could some of the Talking Beasts been hunted to extinction if they had not turned wild like the bear had? The winged horses do not appear again or have any mention after LWW. Things have changed in Narnia by going darker.

    Great podcast as usual though. Looking forward to Part 2.

  2. narniafreak1 says:

    Thanks you!! Made my day!!!!

  3. Thekla says:

    I was really excited to see an email from NarniaWeb, yesterday! Please don't ever shut down!

  4. Benjamin says:

    As always really enjoy listening to the podcast! Keep it up!


  5. Arvan says:

    Keep 'em coming!

  6. Wimbleweather says:

    Hoping for part 2 and commentaries on all the other books soon! I really enjoy hearing discussion on the books and mulling over all the fascinating things about them with everyone on here. As others have said, "Keep 'em coming!"

  7. glumPuddle says:

    Yeah sorry for the delay! Still planning on doing Part 2.