NarniaWeb 20th Anniversary Retrospective | Talking Beasts

Friendship, I have said, is born at the moment when one man says to another ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…’

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves was launched in November 2003. There was no Facebook or Twitter… Cell phones were rare and clunky… Many of us were still using dial-up internet… And Narnia had yet to be brought to the big screen.

In this episode, listen to a few of NarniaWeb’s original members (including the founder) reflect on the old days.

Tirian, Fantasia, Glumpuddle

Watch the post-show chatter.

15 Responses

  1. jasmine_tarkheena says:

    Wow! Narniaweb is 20 years old!

    I can actually remember that when I’ve heard that Narnia was going to be made into a movie, I was anticipating for it to come out! I actually remember the theater being packed when I saw LWW. I’ve enjoyed it for what it is: the landscape of Narnia, the acting is good for the most part. However, I could have done without the melting river scene. But still, it is an enjoyable movie.

    So happy 20 year anniversary to Narniaweb! Hopefully, it will still be around for another 20 years!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, what a milestone! Congratulations and happy anniversary to everyone, especially those who have been around for the long haul. Having only been here for a couple years, it was fascinating to hear from Tirian, Glumpuddle and Fantasia about the beginnings of the site and how it’s grown into the community it is today. Thanks to everyone involved for creating a place where Narnia nerds like myself can “find our people,” as Glumpuddle said. Here’s to another 20 years!

  3. Narnian78 says:

    It is great that Narniaweb is celebrating twenty years. Today there are other Narnia websites, but only a few of them are still active with forums. This is a very beautifully designed website for the user. I am glad that the website is still here and offers active discussion. Congratulations on the twenty years and I hope it will still be here many years from now. 🙂

  4. Cleander says:

    Happy Birthday Narniaweb!!! I discovered the site as a latecomer back in 2017 while looking for news on the Silver Chair film. It took quite a lot of retro-browsing to bring me up to speed on this community’s epic past (all the way back to Scottish Tirian days lol). The folk here are awesome, and this is definitely the forum this fandom needs, so it’s splendid seeing it stay alive and active after all these years!
    Here’s to 20 more years!

  5. I’ve been a repeat visitor to NarniaWeb ever since 2004-ish, but not on the forum much. I was a moderator of one of the social media groups for over a year. That was my biggest involvement here. I try to comment on every article these days to show Netflix the passion fans have.

    But I have read Many of the articles – at the time of release – that these cohosts refer to. The Brian Cox era. Mr T as Reepicheep. And the soundtrack of the LWW trailer is so nostalgic!!

    Thank you for continuing to be the best place online for Narnia news 🙂 Can’t wait to do it all again.

  6. Hilma says:

    Congratulations NarniaWeb! I found this podcast a few weeks ago, but i already really like it!
    This episode was really good and interesting. I hope you are gonna continue for a very long time.
    Greetings from Finland

  7. jasmine_tarkheena says:

    I actually agree with Glumpuddle; while the Walden LWW movie wasn’t done perfectly, I was still satisfied with it. I was 12 when it was released, and I’ve liked how it didn’t stray too far from the books. There were some I could have done without (like the melting river scene, for instance and I think that while the battle scene was well done, the freeing of the statues could have been longer), not straying too far from the book still counts for something.

  8. Skilletdude says:

    Thank you Tirian, Glumpuddle, Fantasia, Rilian and others who have made this website a special place to communicate with fellow fans. I also joined in 2004, and this was a fun conversation to listen to and brought back lots of memories. Back then, I got my good friend from high school involved (master oliver), and also made quite a few web friends in the process. With the new adaptations on the way, I’m looking forward to interacting some more.

  9. Col Klink says:

    I’m grateful for Narniaweb and its community too! I think I’m kind of glad though I wasn’t part of it during the early controversies about the toilet flush, etc. I was nervous enough about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being made into a movie as it was.

    I also remember thinking that Georgie Henley looked way too young for the role of Lucy. In retrospect, it was the actors playing her brothers and sister who were too old. (If you’re a big fan of them in the roles, please don’t get mad. I am too. It’s just that they’re all older than their characters were intended to be in the book with George Henley being the only one approximately the same age. This doesn’t bug me when I watch the movie though because they all have a reasonably youthful air about them.)

  10. JFG II says:

    Mr. Tirian, thank you very much for creating NarniaWeb! At the least, it’s been a wonderful addition to my life.

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  12. Jack Tollers says:

    Happy Birthday, NarniaWeb! Keep up the good work.

  13. Jack Tollers says:

    Happy birthday, NarniaWeb!

  14. Impending Doom says:

    Long live NarniaWeb!

  15. HTP says:

    Thanks for creating and maintaining this wonderful community. Further up and further in!