Today is #NarniaDay

Fans around the world are using the hashtag #NarniaDay on social media, 67 years after the publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (October 16, 1950).

“‘The Lion all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: ‘Let’s try to make a story about it.’”
– C.S. Lewis

How did you first discover Narnia and what does it mean to you? Share your story on social media or post a comment below.

13 Responses

  1. Queen Valiant says:

    I love how Glumpuddle is up at 3 in the morning to publish this.

  2. narnia fan 7 says:

    When I was little I knew what Narnia was, my older siblings read the books and I remember seeing bits and pieces of the BBC series but I don't have any interest in Narnia until I was 9 years old and saw the LWW in theaters. The idea of Narnia completely captured my imagination and over the next few months or so I read through the whole series and the rest as they say is history.

    These books are vary special to me. I love the world, the characters, the way Lewis writes. There's a reason why I keep coming back to these stories over and over again no other work of fiction resonates with me as deeply as Narnia does.

  3. fantasia_kitty says:

    My mom read them to me when I was little. 🙂

  4. Katie Hart says:

    I was fascinated by the BBC movies as a young child, though I don't remember if I watched all of them or just parts. When I was 11, I decided to read the books (my mom had a set, and so did my younger brother). I read all 7 in 48 hours! I was a fast reader had extra time since it was over Thanksgiving. I got a boxed set of the series for Christmas. By the next Thanksgiving, I had read the entire Chronicles 6 more times – so 7 books 7 times in one year! My mom began worrying about me living in a fantasy world, but I knew it was much deeper than wishful escapism. Narnia grew my already-present love of Britain and interest in stories that were different. Wanting to write Susan's story encouraged my writing dreams. Narnia still continues to influence me. 15-odd years later, I discovered Doctor Who, which debuted the day after C.S. Lewis died. It felt like kismet. Tom Baker playing both Puddleglum in the BBC movies and the 4th Doctor only continued that feeling. I also waited forever to read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings since Tolkien didn't like Narnia, but I gave in eventually since he was Jack's friend. I've eaten at the Eagle and Child and just last month saw Dunluce Castle, the inspiration for Cair Paravel. For as long as I live, Narnia will be part of who I am.

  5. Glumpuddle says:

    My grandfather taught a college course on Lewis and Tolkien, so there were always Narnia books lying around whenever I went to his house. So I have always been semi-familar with Narnia.

    When I was about 12, I had a cold one night and was unable to sleep. Around 2:00am, I came out to the living room to just sit and be miserable… and noticed a set of Narnia books (publication order thankfully) and started reading LWW. I intended to just read a few pages. I ended up reading about half the book before I got too tired to continue.

  6. JFGII says:

    As a 5-year-old, I saw the BBC 1988 version of LWW, and I loved it. It was really good at the time, and It compelled me to read the book when I was 9.
    I had no idea there was a sequel until I came across the 1990 version of TSC. It was ok, it still is. I heard the rest of the stories on audio. I had mixed feelings about the rest, and reacted negatively to TLB. I feel differently now, though.
    The Disney version of LWW came out a few years after I read the book, but it was basically a big-budget version of the same story. If The Silver Chair (my 2nd favorite) adaptation is better than the best of the others, it will be a pure miracle.

  7. HPofNARNIA says:

    i was introduced to the Narnia series back when I was 12 years old. My English teacher read the first two books to me and the whole class and, of course, I didn't get them and then several months later in, I think, November 2005, I saw the LWW trailer from the Hitler's Guide to the Galaxy DVD and then, I think a week later, I watched the behind the scenes of it on the Disney Channel Movie Surfers video and I thought to myself, 'okay ill watch the trailer again.' And this time, it got me, right at that moment when Lucy opened the Wardrobe and the light shun out and the music played my heart was beating wildly and I was like, "I have got to see this!" But I didn't get to see it in theaters so I had to wait until it came out on DVD and me and my family enjoyed it and a week later, my dad got my copies of them as Audiobooks, he's more of a listener than a reader. That's something I'll never forget.

  8. Fireberry says:

    I have an early memory of a family camping holiday in the Canadian Rockies when I was 5. My parents bought the Puffin edition of "The Magician's Nephew" (Baynes cover!) which they read to me — and I thought we really were IN Narnia because because the mountains on the cover looked just like the region we were visiting! … A year or so later, all by myself, I read TMN again, then LWW, VDT and SC, in that order … Later, when I was 12, I finally got the complete box set and read the whole series twice, once in chrono order, once in publ order. I can't tell you what my order preference is — because my entry into Narnia worked perfectly for me and made me a Fan for Life!

  9. Jillfan says:

    I first saw the LWW at like 7ish then I saw the BBC versions and fell in love with them. I Cracked open HAHB because it looked interesting but I didn’t finish the book. Shortly after I read the whole series in chronological order I hate chronological order it’s so annoying that they changed the order I’ve been a big fan of the Christian aspects of the books

  10. Lord Argoz says:

    When I do counselling at camp, I read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to the kids before bed. At first they boo and jeer and say that they hate books while throwing pillows and socks across the room, but by the time I finish the first page, the room is completely quiet.
    Finally, when I reach the end of the first chapter and say "Well, that's all for tonight…" The cries of "Oh, just one more!" are deafening.
    The most amazing part is, I love these books just as much as they do, as do my parents and my grandparents. These books are truly powerful. They can be both understood and appreciated by absolutely everyone and their messages are timeless and powerful.

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