Countdown to Caspian – Day 10 (Aslan’s Return)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian opens in theaters on Friday, May 16. In order to whet your appetite, I am counting down the fifteen days to the movie by sharing a favorite selection from each of the fifteen chapters of C. S. Lewis’ masterful book, Prince Caspian. (Warning: Plot spoilers ahead! But if you haven’t read the book, you should really read it before going to see the movie anyways!) Here goes — let’s count down to Caspian!

From Chapter 10: The Return of the Lion

She never stopped to think whether he was a friendly lion or not. She rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that she was kissing him and putting her arms as far around his neck as she could and burying her face in the beautiful rich silkiness of his mane.

“Aslan, Aslan. Dear Aslan,” sobbed Lucy. “At last.”

The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting and half lying between his front paws. He bent forward and just touched her nose with his tongue. His warm breath came all around her. She gazed up into the large wise face.

“Welcome, child,” he said.

“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”

“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.

“Not because you are?”

“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”

“You mean,” said Lucy rather faintly, “that it would have turned out all right — somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?”

“To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.”

“Oh dear,” said Lucy.

“But anyone can find out what will happen,” said Aslan.

Thoughts:  Our great hope as believers in Jesus Christ is to be united with our Lord when he returns (Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:2-3). Lewis captures some of the beauty of that moment in this scene where Lucy meets Aslan upon his return. The scene also gives us some helpful insight into Christian growth. Aslan seems bigger to Lucy not because he has aged but because she has. Although God never changes, we learn more of him as we grow older in our faith. Finally, Lucy learns that she made the wrong decision back at the gorge when she followed the others instead of Aslan. She asks Aslan what would have happened if she had obeyed, but Aslan will not tell her. How many times have we wanted to know what would have happened if we had made one decision rather than the other? No one can find out what would have happened, but as Aslan says, “Anyone can find out what will happen.” Don’t waste time on the might-have-beens. You can pick up right where you are now and follow Christ in obedience today. (Philippians 3:13-14) (Thoughts? Comments? Do you have a favorite scene or quote from chapter ten?)

All the Countdown Posts:  Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    I like the concept Lewis puts forth here and in many other places (The Last Battle – further up and further in!) that there is always more for us to know. We never “arrive” as Christians. Aslan appears bigger because Lucy knows him a little better and thus recognizes his greatness more. All of life becomes an adventure, as we get to know him better. And we can never think we know it all. He is bigger than that.

  2. Cindy C says:

    This is one of my favorite passages from the book that is not as well depicted in the movie. The book has a reverence and intimacy between Aslan and Lucy that is not conveyed on the screen. Don’t know how they could have done it any better though.

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    Sharon – Yes, this is a great theme that Lewis returns to again and again.

    Cindy – This is a beautiful passage in the book and very hard to capture on screen. In fact, I believe any scene with Aslan in it is always going to be very difficult to capture on screen.

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