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Chronicles of Narnia Unit Study

Chapter 9: The Founding of Narnia

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Summary

As the Lion sings his new song, a beautiful, alive and growing world emerges...the beginning of creation, the creation of Narnia. While the children try to enjoy observing this wonderful scene, Uncle Andrew tries unsuccessfully to pick Digory's pocket.  Then Jadis screams and threatens to throw the lampost at anyone who comes within ten feet of the children. Uncle Andrew cowers somewhat, apologizes, but then goes on to remind Jadis of how she has repaid him for his kindness; causing a public spectacle back in London, robbing the jeweler, etc. The Cabby tells Uncle Andrew to be quiet.
 
The world of Narnia continues to blossom and grow. The Lion continues to go about, singing and causing things to happen and grow. Polly notices a connection between the music and events.  With every turn of his body, the Lion comes closer and closer to Digory and the group. Uncle Andrew is very nervous.
 
When the Lion is about 12 yards away, the witch throws the lampost at him, but it does not do him any harm. He keeps walking as though it doesn't phase him in the least. The Witch screams and runs to hide. Uncle Andrew tries to do the same but falls flat on his face as he trips over a root. The lion walks thunderously past the children, as though they are invisible, still singing.
 
Uncle Andrew tries to order Digory to get the ring and take him out of that world, but he refuses and tells Polly to get close to him. Uncle Andrew is annoyed that Digory wants to stay to see more of this new world, and says if he were younger he might enjoy it.
 
Now the lampost starts to grow from the spot that it had landed on, as though it itself were alive. The group remark on the wonderful climate and compare this discovery to that of Columbus and how his discovery pales in comparison. They contemplate this being akin to a 'land of youth'. When Digory mentions some kind of hope that perhaps this world might help his sickly mother, Uncle Andrew shows his lack of concern for his own sister. Digory calls him on it and then states his intention to ask the Lion for help in regard to his ill mother.
 
Uncle Andrew is mortified at the thought, but keeps at a distance as he follows the children. They spot the Lion but the song has now changed once again. Suddenly the creatures are capable of making sounds such that it begins to drown out the song of the Lion.
 
Uncle Andrew appears now to be a little more youthful from the climate of this world.
 
There begins a sort of ceremony where the Lion touches (his nose to theirs) a male and female of certain animals, and they form a circle around him. Suddenly the animals are all silent, then sitting up on their hind quarters and cocking their heads as if to understand something while the stars sing a 'difficult music'.  Then the children's blood 'tingles' as they hear a wild voice say:
 
"Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters."