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Lamppost

The Lamp-post with the four Pevensies in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

"It will not go out of my mind that if we pass this post and lantern, either we shall find strange adventures or else some great changes of our fortunes."
Lucy Pevensie [src]

The Lamp-post ultimately came from London.[1] Jadis, while still in London, tore the bar off of a Lamp-post and took it to Narnia along with Digory, Polly, Andrew, the cabby and his horse. After arriving and hearing Aslan's song, Jadis threw the bar at him; although it struck Aslan between the eyes, he took no notice, and it fell onto the ground. It then grew, as observed by Digory, to be about his height.

The Lamp-post's ability to burn continuously without fuel (old London streetlamps ran on gas) is probably due to the super-fecund state of Narnia at its birth, which allowed for the explosive magical growth of anything set upon the ground.

The ultimate fate of the Lamp-post is unknown. It is possible that it endured through the ages of Narnia's existence, and continued to shine until all the light went out, and Narnia came to an end. This, however, seems rather unlikely. 

Most of the action in the last days of Narnia took place in the area of the Duchy of Lantern Waste, which is where the lamp-post was located. The lamp-post was never mentioned, and, apparently, never seen again.  This makes it highly unlikely that the lamp-post still existed by that point in Narnia's history. It may have been extinguished or destroyed by invaders, such as the Telmarines or the Calormenes, after the Pevensies left Narnia.

Behind the Scenes[]

  • Though the Lamp-post is an important feature in both The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, it is never seen or mentioned again after those books
  • C S Lewis based the Lamp-post on those he saw in Malvern, UK, while he was at school. Examples can still be found around the town to this day.

References[]

  1. The Magician's Nephew: Nine: The Founding of Narnia
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