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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby ArcherForAslan » Mar 27, 2010 12:23 pm

My favorite tearful moment is the last paragraph or so of LB. It's beautiful beyond words. I get such a great feeling of joy reading that last bit, how Aslan "no longer looked like a lion," and then the description of how all the previous adventures were only the cover and title page and only now were they beginning "the Great Story" that goes on forever. Plus I just love how bittersweet the ending is. I do like happy endings, but eveything does not end happily. And yet even then there's always hope. Such a beautiful ending.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby DamselJillPole » Mar 27, 2010 7:45 pm

I cried at the end of The Last Battle when everyone was reuniting in Aslan's Country. But what made me cry more was that I remembered reading a passage about Tirian saying that he witnessed his mothers death and CS Lewis only wrote about Tirian reuniting with his father. It tore me that obviously his mother was not there or CS Lewis may have forgotten to write her in there. It makes me think.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby DiGoRyKiRkE » Mar 28, 2010 12:05 pm

DamselJillPole, I'd never thought of that point before. That really makes me think as well. I'd like to hope that she wasn't some sort of a wicked queen, but we don't have any more evidence in the text, then that one line. If she wasn't there in Aslan's country, then I could definitely see how that could be a teary moment both for readers, as well as for Tirian as well.

Along those lines, I've always thought that the scene where the "baddies" of Narnia have their voices ripped from them (the animals at least), and turn to Aslan's left, and vanish into his shadow. I know that it's part of the justice of the books, but I can't help but wonder what happened to them.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby shakeofthemane » May 21, 2010 4:17 am

The Last Battle always makes me emotional.
"And the other sight, five leagues nearer than Cair Paravel, was Roonwit the Centaur lying dead with a Carlomen arrow in his side. I was with him in his last hour and he gave me this message to your Majesty: to remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy."
"So," said the King, after a long silence, "Narnia is no more."


"So," said Peter, "night falls on Narnia. What, Lucy! You're not crying? With Aslan ahead, and all of us here?"
"Don't try to stop me, Peter," said Lucy, "I am sure Aslan would not. I am sure it is not wrong to mourn for Narnia. Think of all that lies dead and frozen behind that door."
"Yes, and I did hope," said Jill, "that it might go on for ever. I knew our world couldn't. I did think Narnia might."
"I saw it begin," said the Lord Digory. "I did not think I would live to see it die."
"Sirs," said Tirian. "The ladies do well to weep. See, I do so myself. I have seen my mother's death. What world but Narnia have I ever known? It were no virtue, but great discourtesy, if we did not mourn."


"What world but Narnia have I ever known?" This did make me cry, because I knew Narnia myself, and here it was, dying.

Another thing is Tashlan. How could they combine a familiar, dear, great lord with... a foul creature not worthy to be mentioned in the same sentence, let alone the same name? I felt the Talking Beasts' horror at the "news."
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby beloved » May 22, 2010 8:46 pm

I cry too much, yet almost all are tears of joy. I cried when the horsed died, I cried when Aslan died, I cried when Narnia died, for days, I couldn't bring myself to finish it. When I did finished I cried in joy, I cried for Eustace when he got out of that dragon skin, when Aslan tells Shasta how fortunate he is, when the sweet song seemed to float by when they heard Aslan's name, when Reepicheep gets his tail back (in the book only), the telling of Aslan in our world, when Lucy looked almost as beautiful as that Lucy in the picture, though she didn't know it...
Lucy said it all when she said, "It's a song that would break your heart." :((
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby Liberty Hoffman » May 23, 2010 11:12 am

I bawled when Aslan died! I was an emotional mess when I read that! :(( ;)
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby ChristProclamer » May 24, 2010 8:49 pm

I cry very little when inside a book. A book that makes me cry is a good book indeed.

I felt sick, and steadily sicker all through LB. But I can truly say that I cried when Eustace died. It was horrific.

And I think I cried for Susan's fate in LB as well. Eventually.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby DamselJillPole » May 25, 2010 12:10 am

It is sad about Susan. I do hope that when her time comes to when she dies she'll reunite with her siblings and parents in the end.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby MountainFireflower » May 25, 2010 8:32 pm

ArcherForAslan wrote:My favorite tearful moment is the last paragraph or so of LB. It's beautiful beyond words. I get such a great feeling of joy reading that last bit, how Aslan "no longer looked like a lion," and then the description of how all the previous adventures were only the cover and title page and only now were they beginning "the Great Story" that goes on forever. Plus I just love how bittersweet the ending is. I do like happy endings, but eveything does not end happily. And yet even then there's always hope. Such a beautiful ending.


Yes...that would probably top all the emotional moments for me too. I especially love the part about Aslan no longer looking like a lion. It was so beautiful. I cry pretty much every time. *sigh* C.S. Lewis did a wonderful job attempting to put something so indescribable into words.

DamselJillPole wrote:It is sad about Susan. I do hope that when
her time comes to when she dies she'll reunite with her siblings and parents in the end.


Me too. That's something I've been hoping for ever since I read LB. I also started a fanfiction on it once, continuing Susan's story. I might try to rewrite it someday.


Other than that, there are too many moments for me to name. I love Narnia because it speaks to me beyond just the words.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby beloved » May 26, 2010 4:50 pm

Call me heartless but I never cried over the fate of Susan. I suppose it's worth crying over, it's plenty sad, but I think that as they discussed her in the book and then quickly decided not to talk about such unpleasant things in such a pleasant place that one can pretty much forget her until it's all over, and by that point it's not worth crying over.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby HighQueen_Of_LanternWaste » May 26, 2010 8:17 pm

For some reason I always feel a huge sense of sadness and do at times feel tears forming in my eyes at the part in LWW when the Pevensies return through the Wardrobe. I think of all the wonderful memories made in the Golden Age, and how terrible it was for them to end so abruptly, knowing that these four children can never go back to the unforgettable lives they once lived, no matter how desperately they would have wanted to. And to think of the disarray in Narnia, after they were so suddenly left with no monarch, and how they must have missed their beloved Kings and Queens.

As well as the Night falls on Narnia chapter in the LB, I had to cry thinking of everything that had gone on there, how it was now destroyed.

Also, Susan's ending has always brought me great sadness, I love the story of the Pevensies together as a family, and to think they were separated...her ending gives me no closure. Therefore, it was certainly a very tearful subject to me when it came to Narnia, even if it wasn't a particular moment.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby Lady Haleth » May 29, 2010 4:36 am

My saddest scene was always at the end of The Silver Chair when Caspian dies. It was just so sad--how his son was away for years and then came back only just in time before his father died. The other sad scene was when the 'old Narnia' is destroyed in The Last Battle. Yes, everyone we liked was in the new country, but we had loved the old one and now it's gone.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby daughter of the King » May 29, 2010 5:01 pm

I always tear up when the Dwarfs kill the horses in LB. It's just so brutal and cold. Caspian's death makes me sad too, especially when Rilian starts crying and when Eustace says he wants to go home.

DamselJillPole wrote:But what made me cry more was that I remembered reading a passage about Tirian saying that he witnessed his mothers death and CS Lewis only wrote about Tirian reuniting with his father.

I'm wracking my brain and I can't remember where it says he saw his mother die. I remember his father dying, but not his mother. Could you please tell me where that part is?
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby Princess Anna » May 29, 2010 7:50 pm

Alright, before I get down to the purpose of this thread, I thought I'd share my thoughts on this talk of Tirian's mother.

DamselJillPole wrote:But what made me cry more was that I remembered reading a passage about Tirian saying that he witnessed his mothers death and CS Lewis only wrote about Tirian reuniting with his father.
At first I wondered what you were talking about. I didn't recall anything about this.

That is, until shakeofthemane quoted this portion of TLB:
"I saw it begin," said the Lord Digory. "I did not think I would live to see it die."
"Sirs," said Tirian. "The ladies do well to weep. See, I do so myself. I have seen my mother's death. What world but Narnia have I ever known? It were no virtue, but great discourtesy, if we did not mourn."
(emphasis mine)

My guess, is that Tirian wasn't really referring to his mother, but more to the country (and world) that he came from. I mean, imagine that you were realising that you'd have to say goodbye to everything and everyone you had ever known. We find it hard to say goodbye to Narnia, and to us it's just a story. (a very real feeling story, but one nonetheless) But to the last king, it was his home. So, if it hits us this hard to see it end... imagine what it was like for him. And that might help clear up that bit.

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Tearful Moments in Narnia:

Call me overly emotional, but I cried often. Some were tears of hurt, betrayal, pain. Others of pure joy, that I only wish I could duplicate in real life. (the feelings that evoked them, I mean) And still others, were the kind you get from laughing really hard. (blame Edmund and Eustace for those tears. example: in PC...
"Oh, come on," growled Edmund. "We've got to go. There'll be no peace till we do." He fully intended to back Lucy up, but he was annoyed at losing his night's sleep and was making up for it by doing everything as sulkily as possible.
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I cannot recall them all. And I don't think I'll try. (especially as I haven't read them in awhile) But, I will try and highlight some of the parts for you.

LWW-
I cried over the hurt the others felt when Ed betrayed them. And I cried for him too... what he must have been thinking and feeling to go through with it. As well as for how he felt when it first hit him, just what it was he had done. I cried at the obvious place, too... Aslan's death and resurrection. (that part never fails to make me cry. It doesn't matter that I know the outcome, that I've read and seen it a million times. If that part happens, be it radio dramas, a play, films, the book... or even just remembering it, I burst into tears. His sacrifice for Ed, and all of Narnia, is just so touching! So beautiful and full of grace. And then on top of that, it makes me cry because Jesus did that for me... and I don't deserve it. Talk about a double whammy...) There are probably more for this book, but I can't think of them now.

PC-
When Ed stands up for Lucy is the big one. I mean, the growth it showed in him... and knowing what that meant to her made me tear up in pride and appreciation. When one realises how long they'd been away, and all that the Narnians had suffered in their absence. When Peter fought Miraz, and Ed was scared for his brother's life. That whole conversation between the boys gets me every time.
Give my love to ... to everyone at home, Ed, if he gets me.
Edmund couldn't speak. He walked back with the Doctor to his own lines with a sick feeling in his stomach.
:(( Knowing that Peter and Susan couldn't return again. And many more, but I can't think of them now.

VDT-
Several bits... Eustace's transformation got me really close to tears. Reep saying goodbye. The whole slavery thing. (though the part where Caspian confronts Gumpas cracks me up) The whole last conversation with Aslan before being sent home. (and the fact that Ed and Lu can't return) More are there, but escape me at this time.

SC-
Puddleglum's speech. Eustace realising his friend, Caspian, was an old man. Caspian's son returning after ten (?) long years, only to find his father on his deathbed. And possibly more? I forget.

HHB-
Knowing Shasta's whole story. I don't know, it just makes me sad that he never got to grow up in Archenland. But I'm glad in a way, too... cause it meant he was able to save his homeland. Umm... when he meets Aslan was so beautiful, it made me tear up... if not cry. Corin just makes me laugh so hard that the tears come. Goofy kid...
"Father, can I box him?"
And believe it or not, I almost felt bad for Rabadash.

MN-
I suppose the big one, is when Digory realises that his mom means more to the Great Lion, than even to himself. And the whole beauty of Narnia's creation. It was just really neat... wished I coulda been there!

TLB-
The whole dratted book makes me cry. The majority of it, cause of the suffering, and evil. The last few chapters, because of the sheer beauty of it. As others have said, the only thing that mars the end a bit, is that dear Su isn't present. :ymsigh:

There. That's probably most of it. Though, I shouldn't wonder if there was more. As I said before, I tend to get emotional fairly easily. (especially when beloved characters are involved)

Did all that answer your question? I hope so! And I apologise for the length of this post. Congrats to those that stuck it out through the whole thing! :ymapplause:
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby daughter of the King » May 30, 2010 2:12 pm

Princess Anna wrote: "I saw it begin," said the Lord Digory. "I did not think I would live to see it die."
"Sirs," said Tirian. "The ladies do well to weep. See, I do so myself. I have seen my mother's death. What world but Narnia have I ever known? It were no virtue, but great discourtesy, if we did not mourn."

(emphasis mine)

My guess, is that Tirian wasn't really referring to his mother, but more to the country (and world) that he came from. I mean, imagine that you were realising that you'd have to say goodbye to everything and everyone you had ever known. We find it hard to say goodbye to Narnia, and to us it's just a story. (a very real feeling story, but one nonetheless) But to the last king, it was his home. So, if it hits us this hard to see it end... imagine what it was like for him. And that might help clear up that bit.

Oh, that part. Now I remember. I agree, I don't think Tirian was speaking of his actual mother; he was referring to his mother-country. I always assumed that his mother died when he was young and so he wasn't as attached to her as he was to his father, which is why his father is the one that greets him at the gate.
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Re: Tearful Moments in Narnia...

Postby queenKT_the_gentle » May 30, 2010 7:40 pm

I admit I dislike the Last Battle, not the book, just the parts when people die, like Roonwit and the tree.
In Prince Caspian, I wanted to cry when they played "The Call" in the end because it must have been so sad for Peter and Susan to leave Narnia forever, especially because of the whole Susan/Caspian thing.
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