The timeline of Narnian history remained hidden from public view until after the death of C. S. Lewis. Walter Hooper included it in his book Past Watchful Dragons in 1979. (The book also includes pages from a Narnia book Lewis never finished)
“[Lewis] gave the Outline to me, and I shall reproduce it here,” Hooper wrote. The document was titled Outline of Narnian history so far as it is is known.
Passage of Time
According to the timeline, only 49 years passed on Earth during Narnia’s 2555-year existence.
There is no consistent ratio between the two worlds regarding the passage of time: “Once you’re out of Narnia, you have no idea how Narnian time is going,” Edmund says in Prince Caspian. “Why shouldn’t hundreds of years have gone past in Narnia while only one year has passed for us in England?”
Publication of the Books
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first of The Chronicles of Narnia to be published.
- The Horse and His Boy was published several years later. The story is set near the end of the Pevensies’ 15-year reign, which is described in the final chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
- The prequel, The Magician’s Nephew, was released next.
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