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Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby Clive Staples Sibelius » Feb 10, 2010 10:38 am

In your opinion, what are the two most powerful scenes in the Narnia Chronicles? There is so much to talk about in Narnia, but since it is a finite story, I'd like it if you chose just two scenes to talk about. That way others we don't exhaust discussion of the scenes with our Top 10 or Top 5. You're not obligated to follow this...it's just a suggestion.

Ok, my two:

#1. {The Last Battle: Night Falls On Narnia, when the creatures come to Aslan through the door, or when they turn off and away. Pretty much the whole chapter!}
-This is the scene that affects me the most when I read Narnia. It's the perfect fantasy world apocalypse, and it does not shy away from...well, anything. If you know a little Medieval mythology (and I don't claim to know much), you can see a lot of imagery from it in this last scene. But what other author can pull off having a giant take the sun in his hands and extinguish it? Tolkien could, but he got bogged down in too many details. The greatness of Lewis' writing is in the direct and immediate power it has in conjuring images. And to feel it, one only has to read this chapter of The Last Battle, in my opinion.

#2. {The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Very End of the World, when Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace meet Aslan. And Reepicheep's departure.}
-I have to confess something serious: I never liked Reepicheep all that much. It doesn't have anything to do with Lewis' creation or how well-written Reepicheep is. It is simply Reepicheep himself as a character. But the last scene with Reep, where he throws his sword into the sea and goes off the edge of the world is undeniably one of the most powerful moments in the books. The following scene with Aslan as the lamb who then turns into his lion form has always amazed me. I wonder how they'll get do that visually for the VDT movie, or if they'll even try. They did get the dissapearance through the Door-in-the-Air right in the Prince Caspian movie, but this may be far trickier.
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby Lady Galadriel » Feb 10, 2010 4:55 pm

I can narrow it down to three! :-o ;)

1) The creation of Narnia.

Clearly this is a time when there is great magic at work as Lewis describes Aslan singing everything to life. And Lewis wrote it well too, I agree. I don't have time now to write out all of the passages in The Magician's Nephew that I am thinking of. It's just a time so full of life and power.

One quote I will give is this: Aslan's quote from TMN, Chapter 14, "The Planting of the Tree":

"This world is bursting with life for these few days because the song with which I called it into life still hangs in the air and rumbles in the ground."

2) The Stone Table scene.

Aslan's death
is so poignant. It breaks my heart. Nuff said. Then, of course, there is his
resurrection.


3) The last half or so of LB.

Not only is Aslan portrayed in a powerful transformation (like in VDT as Clive Staples Sibelius said), the nightfall on Narnia is at least as (if not more than) emotional as #2: the emotion of the last battle itself, with the fire burning in front of the stable and Tirian hiding with the others saying, "Kiss me, Jewel, for these are surely our last moments on earth."

I don't have time to list all the quotes I'm thinking of, but those are definitely the 3 scenes I find the most powerful/touching.
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby Clive Staples Sibelius » Feb 10, 2010 5:39 pm

Lady Galadriel,

Now you have me agreeing with your list for the scenes that are most powerful! Haha. You're right, the whole second half of TLB is one huge powerful segment. LB in general has a lot of powerful moments, including the first chapter with the thunderclap and the earthquake.
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby Clive Staples Sibelius » Feb 13, 2010 7:07 pm

I don't want to push this discussion if nobody is interested, but I figured I'd make a last ditch effort to save it, just in case it wasn't seen or something.

Anyone?

If not, that's ok :).
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby coracle » Feb 13, 2010 8:27 pm

Don't worry, these discussions can be quiet or enthusiastic - and can re-surface when someone feels interested in the topic. :)
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby daughter of the King » Feb 14, 2010 2:07 pm

It took me awhile to figure out which two, but I think I've decided.

1. HHB, the scene where Shasta talks to Aslan. I just find this scene full of power and emotion when Aslan tells Shasta that He was the lion who was there throughout his entire life, and then Shasta asks Aslan "Who are you?" and Aslan answers "Myself". And Shasta I think still has no idea just what that means, but he realizes who Aslan is in his heart, even if he's not sure in his head. And then the sun rises (I guess you can tell I like this scene, it made my top ten scenes and one of my top ten quotes is in it).

2. LB, the end of Narnia. Everything that occurs here is powerful. Time sounding his horn; the stars raining down; the beasts from the Underworld chasing everyone to the door; and the final moment when Time squeezes the sun and turns everything to darkness.

Of course there's always the very end of LB, or there's the creation of Narnia, or there's Aslan's resurrection, or the eastern edge of the world, or............
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby narnian1 » Feb 15, 2010 6:16 pm

#1 Without a doubt the most powerful scene for me in all of Narnia is:
......................"Further Up and Further In" ......................

With Narnia being no more, and everyone going to the new Narnia, and the reunion of all the characters. It really brings tears to my eyes. Especially with Susan in the back of my mind, knowing she's not there. Truly a bittersweet ending. Sad for her, but Happy for the rest. I love how Lewis shows the good side of death.

(and TLB isn't anywhere near my favorite book overall, but the end is).


Next is tougher, gonna limit myself to the title of thread, asking for only two although there are of course many.


#2 Aslan's love for Digory's mother and allowing him to take the apple, while revealing what would've happened had he done it his way.
Seriously, if one thing touched me in all the books was this part. As much as Digory loved his mother, he realized that Aslan loved her all the more and his love paled in comparison. Just that, Aslan showing his love in that way was beyond amazing.
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby DiGoRyKiRkE » Feb 15, 2010 6:52 pm

Wow, there are so many beautifully gripping scenes throughout all seven books, that narrowing it down to two would be incredibly difficult! All the same. . . I shall do my utmost best.

Choice 1: Narnia's Destruction
The words that Jack Lewis uses to describe this scene are so incredibly simplistic, and yet paint the most beautiful picture. The seven kings and queens standing in a stable, a stable that looks out over the whole country. Father Time bursting through the ground, sounding his horn, the sea rising, the stars falling, the moon and sun colliding, and finally, the sun being extinguished. . . Just so breathtaking. . . so epic. The Last Battle is one of my least favourite of the books, but this scene is just so gripping, that it stands out in my mind more than any other.

Choice 2: The healing of Digory's Mother
This scene holds a good deal of poignancy for me, partly because I've had first-hand experience with an ill mother. My mother has been sick ever since I was four years old. Perhaps that's why I sympathize so much with Digory as a character. . . at any rate, as Digory takes the apple of life out of his pocket, and the joy that that apple brings, it just brings a warm feeling deep inside; a feeling that God really does care about us, and that it is all under his control.

So those are my top two. Some close runners up included:

Aslan, Digory and Polly in the wood between the world.

The stone table scene.

Aslan sending Edmund, Eustace and Lucy back to our world in VODT.

The Last Battle, in which the poor bear's dying words echo out, "I don't understand. . ."
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby narnian1 » Feb 16, 2010 6:14 am

wow DigoryKirke,
it seems you and I are running along identical lines. While our choices are slightly different, they run hand in hand. ;)

your #1 precedes my #1 by a little.
my #1 precedes your #1 by just a little too.
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby DiGoRyKiRkE » Feb 16, 2010 12:49 pm

Yes, I noticed that, narnian1. I was hoping that I didn't sound "copycattish." ;))
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby GlimGlum » Feb 17, 2010 11:32 pm

Well, I can name my #1 most powerful scene but for #2 I will have to come back and edit this post or add another one for it. Some good choices so far and I think my #2 may well be from The Magician's Nephew as well.

For my #1: The confrontation with the Emerald Witch (aka The Lady of the Green Kirtle, Queen of Underland) in The Silver Chair stands out. There is so much going on in this one scene and one can really identify with the characters.

Consider the main elements making up this scene.
Main characters: Prince Rilian, Jill, Eustace, Puddleglum, The Queen of Underland The drama of the Silver Chair itself: Prince Rilian's agonizing ordeal.
The dilemma of the sign vs. promise just made: Do our heroes obey their promise to each other or Aslan's sign.
The freeing of Rilian:
What could happen and what does.
The Lady of the Green Kirtle appears:
Surprise! A quite unexpected visitor.
The Transformation: The lovely Lady turning into a serpent. This moment alone, with modern visual effects should be quite impressive in the movie version.
The enchantment, battle of wills, Puddleglum's determined resistance:
The LGK comes awfully close to victory.
The physical battle with Green Witch/Serpent: Dramatic, close-up action.
The aftermath:
Prince Rilian's mother (aka Ramandu's daughter) is avenged, a brief respite for all.

I did borrow the above description from one of my posts in the old forum, with a few changes made here. It was related to what could be a great scene from the books for the Narnia movie versions.

I'll come back later for scene #2; The Creation of Narnia from MN will be highly considered. :)
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby Narnia Girl » Feb 20, 2010 2:31 pm

Ohh...so many good scenes! How could I ever choose? *thinks over which ones she likes best*

1. The end of Narnia in LB. Such a beautiful scene. Words don't describe it. It's just amazing.

2. The part in SC where Rilian is held captive in the chair, then he gets up and destroys it and the Lady of the Green Kirtle comes in. It's always been one of my favorite scenes. I love Puddleglum's firm loyalty for Aslan.

I have so many other favorites...including many of the others that you guys have already mentioned. C. S. Lewis was such a talented writer.
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby Pattertwigs Pal » Mar 14, 2010 9:57 am

I knew what the most powerful scene for me was but it took me a while to come up with the second.
The first one is Aslan's death and resurrection. I don't think I need to explain.
The second one is the scene where LotGK confronts Rillian, the children and Puddleglum. Puddleglum's speech is amazing.

If people are having trouble limiting it to two, they can always post on the related thread Top Ten Favorite Scenes
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby narnia fan 7 » Apr 09, 2010 7:05 am

My list of Two most powerful scenes in Narnia
#1 The Last Battle of the Last King of Narnia.
#2 in VDT when Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace meet Aslan.
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby DamselJillPole » Apr 09, 2010 9:09 pm

My Number One is most deffinitely in the Magician's Nephew when Aslan sings Narnia to life

Number Two is the ending of Last Battle
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Re: Two most powerful scenes in Narnia

Postby Boy Scout » Jul 26, 2010 2:33 pm

Mine would be;

When Aslan comes back to life. :)

DamselJillPole wrote:Number Two is the ending of Last Battle

I'd have to argee with that. I actally used a verson (sort of ;) ) when righting an autobio. in 5th grade.
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