Inklings of Narnia


The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe was originally inspired by a real event in author C. S. Lewis’s life. During WWII children fled London to the countryside to escape the bombing. Lewis took in a number of these children at his home in Oxford and one of them became fascinated with a wardrobe there, wondering if there was a way out the back of it. This event planted the idea in the author’s mind that would grow and become Narnia. There were many other influences in Narnia, including Christian themes and creatures from Greek Mythology. Lewis was inspired by the writer George MacDonald and also had help from his friend Tolkien. They were both part of a writer’s group called The Inklings.

9780060765484In Film

In 2005 The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was rebooted as a film, and this group of actors went on to make two other films inspired by books in the series. Critics agreed that these were faithful and well executed recreations of the story.



One of the beautiful things about the books is that they are illustrated. The person responsible, was Pauline Baynes who as well as being an artist worked as a map maker for the Ministry of Defence which may explain why her maps of Narnia were so wonderful. Pauline also worked with Tolkien who is well known for creating his own beautiful drawings for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Ideas for what to read next

If you really loved Narnia and you want to experience more magical fantasy worlds, here are the books in our library we think you would like:

Title/Series Author Call Number
The Wizard of OZ L Frank Baum F BAU
The looking glass wars Frank Beddor F BED
The House with a clock in its walls John Bellairs F BEL
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll F CAR
The Neverending Story Michael Ende F END
Inkspell Cornelia Funke F FUN
A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K Le Guin F GUI
The Trylle Trilogy Amanda Hocking F HOC
The Dalemark Quartet Dianna Wynn Jones F JON
Wildwood Dancing Juliet Marillier F MAR
The old kingdom chronicles Garth Nix F NIX
The silver door Emily Rodda F ROD
Septimus Heap Angie Sage F SAG
The Raven boys Maggie Stiefvater F STI
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien F TOL

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