Staff Bios

Staff

NarniaWeb is managed by passionate volunteers who cannot get enough of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Tirian

Founder, Webmaster
  • Founded NarniaWeb: 2003
  • Favorite Book: The Magician’s Nephew
  • Favorite Character: Reepicheep
  • Favorite Quote: All I can say is that, compared with those fruits, the freshest grapefruit you’ve ever eaten was dull, and the juiciest orange was dry, and the most melting pear was hard and woody, and the sweetest wild strawberry was sour. (LB)

My parents read me the Chronicles when I was a child and all through my growing-up they lived large in my imagination. When I heard in 2003 that a big-budget film was being made, I thought it would be exciting to build a little fansite with some information about the movies. The community and resource that NarniaWeb has become is one of my greatest joys. – Tirian

Fantasia

Forum Administrator
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2004
  • Favorite Book: The Silver Chair
  • Favorite Character: Jill
  • Favorite Quote:I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.” (SC)

My mom read the Narnia books to me when I was a little girl and they were some of the first books I owned because I adored them so much. When the Narnia movies were announced in 2003, I found NarniaWeb shortly thereafter, and immediately became as involved as I possibly could, which was pretty involved. Ha! And as a result, these seven books by C.S. Lewis have played an extraordinary and amazing role in my life. – Fantasia

Glumpuddle

Manager, Podcast Producer
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2004
  • Favorite Book: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Favorite Character: Puddleglum
  • Favorite Quote: “My son, my son,” said Aslan. “I know. Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet.” (MN)

My grandfather wrote his dissertation on C.S. Lewis. I was instantly hooked when I read Narnia around age 11. No other stories awaken such a yearning in me for something “beyond the edge of the world.” So, when I heard movies were on the way, I felt excited… but also protective. I viewed the filmmakers as temporary custodians of something that means so much to me personally. NarniaWeb (and later, YouTube) gave me the perfect platform to share my hopes and concerns about the films. – Glumpuddle

AJAiken

Graphic Designer
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2007
  • Favorite Book: The Horse and His Boy
  • Favorite Character: Eustace
  • Favorite Quote: […] the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking for ever and ever on the beach. And oh, the cry of the sea-gulls! Have you heard it? Can you remember? (LWW)

I was a particularly voracious reader growing up, so my mum quickly passed her childhood books on to me. Among them was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I fell in love with it – and then I discovered there were more! Since then I’ve read each book in the series countless times. As an adult, I’ve enjoyed Lewis’ other works – Perelandra is a favourite – but Narnia holds a special place in my heart with its wonderful characters and stories of faith and hope and love. – AJAiken

Daughter of the King (“Dot”)

News Poster, Forum Mod, Facebook Mod
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2009
  • Favorite Book: The Horse and His Boy
  • Favorite Character: Lucy
  • Favorite Quote: All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. (LB)

I was introduced to Narnia via the BBC and Focus on the Family Radio Theater adaptations (on VHS and cassette!). I was young enough I was probably sent to bed before we got far into The Magician’s Nephew, but I distinctly remember being entranced with the audio description of the Wood Between the Worlds. I finally read the books when I was ten and fell in love yet again. I continue to be drawn to C.S. Lewis’ works in my adult life because he is one of the few authors that so thoroughly encaptures my own longing for something bigger and better than ourselves beyond this world. – Dot

The Rose-Tree Dryad

News Poster, Web Designer, Forum Mod
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2010
  • Favorite Book: Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • Favorite Character: Aslan
  • Favorite Quote: And suddenly there came a breeze from the east […] It brought both a smell and a sound, a musical sound. Edmund and Eustace would never talk about it afterwards. Lucy could only say, “It would break your heart.” “Why,” said I, “was it so sad?” “Sad!! No,” said Lucy. (VDT)

I first encountered The Chronicles of Narnia (alas, in chronological order!) when I was 11. Since then, my love for Narnia has grown stronger with every passing year. The stories are bottomless: there is always something new to discover with each re-read. My gratitude toward C.S. Lewis also continues to grow. Along with his literary hero George MacDonald, Lewis has been indispensable in strengthening my faith, and his stories always fill me with hope and the longing for one’s true home. Further up and further in! – Rose

Impending Doom

News Poster
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2013
  • Favorite Book: The Magician’s Nephew
  • Favorite Character: Puddleglum
  • Favorite Quote: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew till now.” (LB)

The Chronicles of Narnia have been the bedrock of my creative life. C.S. Lewis was a genius at creating this captivating atmosphere in his stories, to which I’ve always had a sense that I needed to give them more time and thought. Countless days spent consuming every piece of Narnia content I could find, eventually led to me discovering NarniaWeb. Being surrounded by a community of passionate fans has only furthered my love for this world! – Impending Doom

Rilian

Podcast Co-host
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2004
  • Favorite Book: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Favorite Character: Peter
  • Favorite Quote: “You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.” (PC)

I’ve loved the Narnian chronicles since my father first read them to me when I was around seven. The stories of children exhibiting bravery, chivalry and honour made an enormous impact on my life. Since then I have hoped against hope that someone would film the entire series. I first heard rumors back in 2002 that someone had acquired the rights and was planning to begin production within the next couple of years. – Rilian

Gymfan

Podcast Co-host
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2005
  • Favorite Book: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Favorite Character: Eustace
  • Favorite Quote: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. (VDT)

I discovered Narnia for the first time when I was 15 and the first Walden film was about to be released, and the rest, as they say, is history. My Narnia-related pursuits include running Spareoom.net, podcasting since 2007 and serving for many years as a Narniaweb moderator. I enjoy traveling, friendships, watching gymnastics and curling up with a good book. – Gymfan

Monty Jose

Facebook Moderator
  • Joined NarniaWeb: 2018
  • Favorite Book: The Magician’s Nephew
  • Favorite Character: Polly
  • Favorite Quote: … now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion’s eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared to Digory’s own… (MN)

I started reading the Narnia books on my own when I was very young (my mom told me I had to read them before watching the BBC adaptations). Strangely enough, I was too young because the scene of Jadis terrorizing London scared me so much I had nightmares. I don’t remember how much time passed before I picked them up again, but once I did, I could not stop. By the time I graduated high school, I’d read each at least 7 times apiece in various orders. The lessons I’ve learned through the text have been innumerable. – Monty Jose


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