Narnia Timeline by C.S. Lewis

“It’s the usual muddle about times, Pole.”

Background
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. “[Lewis] gave the Outline to me, and I shall reproduce it here,” he wrote.

Presentation
Lewis titled the document, “Outline of Narnian history so far as it is is known.” In Hooper’s book, it has two side-by-side columns for Narnia and England. Below, we are presenting them separately.

Notes on Publication

  • 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, and is set within the same timeframe as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • The prequel, The Magician’s Nephew, was released next.
  • Visit our reading order page for more information.

Passage of Time
During Narnia’s 2555-year existence, only 52 years passed on Earth. And 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?”

 



Narnian Years

1
The Creation of Narnia. The beasts made able to talk. Digory plants the tree of protection. The White Witch Jadis enters Narnia but flies to the far North. Frank I becomes King of Narnia.

180
Prince Col, younger son of Frank V of Narnia, leads certain followers into Archenland (not then inhabited) and becomes first King of that country.

204
Certain outlaws from Archenland fly across the Southern desert and set up the new kingdom of Calormen.

300
The empire of Calormen spreads mightily. Calormenes colonize the land of Telmar to the West of Narnia.

302
The Calormenes in Telmar behave very wickedly and Aslan turns them into dumb beasts. The country lies waste. King Gale of Narnia delivers the Lone Islands from a dragon and is made emperor by their grateful inhabitants.

407
Olvin of Archenland kills the Giant Pire.

460
Pirates from our world take possession of Telmar.

570
Moonwood the Hare lives around this time.

898
The White Witch Jadis returns into Narnia out of the far North.

900
The Long Winter begins.

1000
The Pevensies arrive in Narnia. The treachery of Edmund. The sacrifice of Aslan. The White Witch defeated and the Long Winter ended. Peter becomes High King of Narnia.

1014
King Peter carries out a successful raid on the Northern Giants. Queen Susan and King Edmund visit the court of Calormen. King Lune of Archenland discovers his long lost son Prince Cor and defeats a treacherous attack by Prince Rabadash of Calormen.

1015
The Pevensies hunt the White Stag and vanish out of Narnia.

1050
Ram the Great succeeds Cor as King of Archenland.

1502
About this time lives Queen Swanwhite of Narnia.

1998
The Telmarines invade and conquer Narnia. Caspian I becomes King of Narnia.

2290
Prince Caspian, son of Caspian IX, born. Caspian IX murdered by his brother Miraz who usurps the throne.

2303
Prince Caspian escapes from his uncle Miraz. Civil War in Narnia. By the aid of Aslan and of the Pevensies, whom Caspian summons with Queen Susan’s magic Horn, Miraz is defeated and killed. Caspian becomes King Caspian X of Narnia.

2304
Caspian X defeats the Northern Giants.

2306-7
Caspian X great voyage to the end of the world.

2310
Caspian X marries Ramandu’s daughter.

2325
Prince Rilian is born.

2345
The Queen killed by a serpent. Rilian disappears.

2356
Eustace and Jill appear in Narnia and rescue Prince Rilian. Death of Caspian X.

2534
Outbreak of outlaws in Lantern Waste. Towers built to guard the region.

2555
Rebellion of Shift the Ape. King Tirian rescued by Eustace and Jill. Narnia in the hands of the Calormenes. The last battle. End of Narnia. End of the World.


English Years

1888
Digory Kirke born.

1889
Polly Plummer born.

1900
Polly and Digory carried into Narnia by magic rings.

1927
Peter Pevensie born.

1928
Susan Pevensie born.

1930
Edmund Pevensie born.

1932
Lucy Pevensie born.

1933
Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole born.

1940
The Pevensies, staying with Digory (now Professor) Kirke, reach Narnia through the Magic Wardrobe.

1941
The Pevensies again brought into Narnia by the blast of the magic Horn.

1942
Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace reach Narnia and take voyage.

1942
Eustace and Jill, from Experiment House, are carried away into Narnia.

1949
Serious accident on the British Railways. Digory, Polly, Eustace, Jill, and the entire Pevensie family except Susan are killed.


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