Last Chance to Submit Narnia Trivia Questions!

Posted February 9, 2019 10:34 am by Glumpuddle

Time is running out to submit trivia questions for the special “Stump a NarniaWebber” episode of Talking Beasts: The Narnia Podcast. We think this is going to be a lot of fun and we hope you will all participate!

Questions must be in by this Friday, February 15, 11:59pm EST.
Send here: narniaweb.com/stump. (No limit)

Selected questions will be posed to Rilian, Glumpuddle, and Dot in a competition to see which podcaster has the most Narnia knowledge! The video will be posted on March 17.

Anything Narnia-related is fair game. Books, movies, behind-the-scenes facts, filmmakers, actors, C.S. Lewis’ life, etc.

A note on difficulty level: Ideally, the answers should not be immediately obvious to a person who has read the books and seen the movies a couple times, but shouldn’t require a photographic memory ether. If you are unsure if a question is too difficult, making it multiple-choice might help. (If we edit your question, you will still receive credit on the show)

15 Comments For This Story

  • Larissa says:

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an allegory for the story of Christ. There is symbolism throughout the story. Explain the symbolism of Father Christmas’s gifts in relation to the Bible.

    • Thunder-Fist says:

      Allegory and symbolism aren’t the same thing. Allegory is fixed and objective, symbolism is neither. Since LWW isn’t an allegory (a common misconception) such a question would be subjective and not really suitable for a trivia show. Unless they’re looking for essay questions .
      Though I know many of us have heard this quote many times, I will still parrot Tolkien’s oft-cited views on allegory:

      “I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”

    • Col Klink says:

      Meh, I’m really not a fan of interpretations of LWW that interpret every plot point and detail as symbolizing something else. C. S. Lewis wasn’t just trying to convey a message. He was writing stories that would stand on their own as entertainment in their own right.

      If you, yourself, have a theory as to what the Christmas gifts represent, I’d be happy to hear it out of course. I don’t deny that Narnia has allegorical elements. Saying that the whole thing is an allegory just rubs me the wrong way.

      • Cleander says:

        I think Narnia should be principally enjoyed as a story before one can hope to divine much meaning from it. That being said, I have extensive and (I think) well-founded explanations for most of the books’ symbolism (though not for every plot point of course).
        As for the gifts, here are my thoughts:
        The Sword: The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
        The Shield: The Shield of Faith.
        The Horn: Prayer
        And I’m at a complete loss to explain what on earth the other gifts represent, so…

      • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

        I think ‘marketing’ Narnia as a Christian allegory alienates a lot of potential readers. The parallels are there obviously, but I don’t think Lewis sat down and thought "Huh I wonder what would be the best way to represent such and such?"

        Likewise, if I tried to convince someone to read the Journey to the West, I wouldn’t be like "Oh its this allegory to enlightenment!" I’d say something more like "So there’s this monkey named Sun Waking whose basically straight out of anime right? Well one day he busts into the court of the Jade Emperor and…"

        Also it personally makes me sad when I see Narnia tucked into the "Religious" sections of bookstores while things like LOTR or Game of Thrones have entire shelves dedicated to them.

      • Cleander says:

        Actually, you’re right: Lewis said that he wasn’t originally thinking of a religious story, but he started to see things in his evolving stories that could work as symbols for deeper things, and began to write with those things in mind. He didn’t even conceive Aslan until he kept having dreams about lions that wouldn’t go away! He didn’t devote the entire story to symbolism, so you are correct in saying it’s not allegory. Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory. Even Moby Dick is an allegory. Narnia is just a collection of wonderful stories with religious themes lurking in the shadows and occasionally showing themselves. The religious elements are undeniably there, just not always in your face. (Strange that Tolkien thought they were too blatantly religious, though.)
        But really, we should still consider what Lewis was basically trying to say with these stories, not just tell people that they’re fun to read and leave it at that. An entire dimension of Narnia gets ignored if we do that.

      • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

        I agree that if you want to get the most out of Narnia you have to think deeper than the stories’ surface (a friend of mine once told me he disliked Narnia because it was too juvenile, however I think he kind of missed some of the BIG points).

        The funny thing is though, I’ve never really thought about what Lewis was trying to get at because his writing style is so approachable I truly feel like someone is telling me a REAL story that happened to people he knew (or at least enough to occasionally double check my closet:)

        Although I don’t believe writers when they say "Oh my characters just speak to me, the story writes itself, etc," something about Narnia truly makes me think he discovered a lot of world as he wrote.

    • Larissa Craven says:

      Interesting responses. I had read that it’s allegory, so sorry for getting that wrong. Fair enough that it’s too much interpretation for a trivia question. I was just curious to see if the Narniawebbers could briefly list a few examples of symbolism. Cleander, that’s what I was going for with the gifts. The first time I saw the movie it’s exactly what I thought of.

    • Larry W. says:

      I remember that in a college course on C. S. Lewis I took many years ago that the professor said that we shouldn’t be reading the Narnia stories as allegories. There were references to the Bible and other works of literature, but they are only references. Aslan is the supposition of what Christ would be like in Narnia, but that was all the further it went. I think I would always agree with that view since the stories are separate creations of literature and stand on their own. They are different from Pilgrim’s Progress, which was intended as an allegory. I think it is an advantage for today’s readers way since they will more likely be attracted to the Narnia books as adventure stories and not be immediately be forced into looking for symbols and other subjective meanings. The references are of lesser importance than the stories themselves.

  • JFGII says:

    In the Magician’s Nephew – when Jadis is in London and is scorned by the crowd of ordinary people at the lamppost – what 3 places of Charn does she throw at them, while threatening Earth with subjugation? Spelling counts.

    Hint: the 2nd place begins with S and 3rd place begins with B.

  • david white says:

    In the Last Battle how many go into Narnia to assist the King at that time for one last stand?

  • Claudia K says:

    1.Nikabrik said in Prince Caspian that Jadis stamped out the beavers.Is it true?Because the beavers were with the Pevensies when they were crowned.
    2.Prince Caspian said that Susan’s horn should only be used at the greatest need. But Father Christmas had told Susan that whenever she blow it, help will come.So what was the actual setting and function of the magical horn?
    3.Explain why Susan deny the existence of Narnia and got her punishment(her family members all died)
    4.How many worlds did Digory and Polly visit in The Magician’s Nephew?
    5.This is about the movie: what is Georgie/Ben/William’s latest work?(You’ll have to answer all three of them. Internet’s cheating)
    6.When did the four Pevensie’s actors reunite (most recently)?Whose idea was it?(This one’s quite easy)
    7.What universities did the four Pevensie’s actors attend?
    8.Race and ancestry about Edmund’s actor Skandar Keynes.

    Wish you luck!

    • Col Klink says:

      The first three of those are more like plot holes or speculative questions that trivia questions so I doubt they’ll be on the episode. (Actually, they might not include any of your questions because you’re posting them in the comments instead of sending them to narniaweb.com/stump.) So you won’t be disappointed, I’ll try to answer.

      1. It’s possible that Mr. and Mrs. Beaver were the last of their species and never had any offspring. It’s also possible Nikabrik was wrong about the White Witch stamping out beavers. After all, it had been a long time and there are such things as historical misconceptions.

      2. Similar to the above, myths about Susan’s horn probably sprung up in the time between LWW and PC. That means the Old Narnians probably could have sounded the horn multiple times and gotten way more help than they did. Bummer! 🙂

      3. Pardon me for answering a question with a question, but where in the books does it say that the death of Susan’s family members was a punishment for her? Everyone dies and tragic accidents happen all the time. It’s a mistake to assume that things like that necessarily happen to punish people. As for why Susan denied the existence of Narnia, I suspect Narnia didn’t fit into her idea of what her life should be like so she simply decided not to acknowledge it. Sort of like Uncle Andrew in The Magician’s Nephew and the dwarfs in the stable (though I suspect she wasn’t nearly as delusional as those cases.)

      • Claudia K says:

        Well I can’t help it. I can’t go to that website(narniaweb.com/stump).I never bothered about buying a VPN so I’m stuck here.

        And about Susan’s punishment: coming to think of it, I actually forgot. But I do remember seeing sth about this in one of Lewis’s biographies like 《Narnians》(or was it his autobiography?) At any rate this is as far as I can get.

    • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

      Mostly agree with Col Klink, however I am bored so I’ll give some answers.

      1. We never hear of any beavers existing after LWW, so I assume "stamped out" is true in the sense that the Beavers were the last Talking beavers and too old to reproduce. I’d also say that the fact in LB it’s a water rat (is that what Brit’s call muskrats?) not a beaver on the logs is telling.

      2. Going off of the above speculation that Susan’s horn is supposed to represent prayer, I’d say they could have received far more help from it. Like in real life, I’ve observed people who pray more often tend to reap more as well.

      3. The death of the friends of Narnia wasn’t some sort of revenge/punishment aimed at Susan. If anything, it reminds me of people dying for their beliefs (if they hadn’t tried to assist Tirian and find the magic rings, they wouldn’t have been on that train/platform.)

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