Maugrim

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This article is about the character in C.S Lewis' 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. For the character in Bioware's roleplaying game Neverwinter Nights, see List of Neverwinter Nights characters#Maugrim Korothir. For the character Rakoth Maugrim in Guy Gavriel Kay's The Fionavar Tapestry, see The Fionavar Tapestry.
Maugrim
Narnia character
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Maugrim. Art by Leo and Diane Dillon
Race Talking Wolf
Nation Narnia
Gender Male
Title Captain of the Secret Police
Major character in
Portrayals in adaptations
1988 BBC miniseries: Martin Stone
2005 Walden/Disney film: Michael Madsen (voice) Steve Blum (credited for original voice)

Maugrim is a fictional wolf, a servant of the White Witch in the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. He is Captain of the witch's Secret Police (though only one of his lieutenants is ever seen). In early American editions of the book, Lewis changed the name to Fenris Ulf (a wolf from Norse mythology), but when HarperCollins took over the books they took out Lewis's revisions,[1] and the name Maugrim has been used in all editions since 1994.[2]

Maugrim is one of the few Talking Animals who sided with the Witch during the Hundred-Year Winter. (Nikabrik in Prince Caspian indicates that Narnian wolves have no loyalty to Aslan.)[3]

History[edit]

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe[edit]

Maugrim's name first appears on the proclamation that the Pevensie children find in Mr Tumnus's ransacked cave, announcing the faun's arrest by the Secret Police for not handing Lucy Pevensie over to the White Witch. The wolf is first seen guarding the gate of the White Witch's castle; he takes Edmund's message to the witch and allows him entry. Maugrim is subsequently described as "a huge grey beast - its eyes flaming - far too big to be a dog".[4]

The White Witch then sends Maugrim and the swiftest of his fellow wolves to the Beavers' house, to "kill whatever they find there", and to make "all speed" to the Stone Table if the Beavers and Edmund's siblings have already left. The wolves find the house empty, and the harshness of the witch's imposed winter prevents them from finding any tracks or scent. As instructed, they head for the Stone Table to wait for the witch, but by the time they reach it, the snow has melted and the witch has been forced to continue her journey on foot.

As Aslam's army assembles near the Stone Table, Maugrim appears threatening Susan Pevensie. The wolf is however killed by Peter Pevensie, who is given the title "Sir Peter Wolfsbane". Aslan's creatures follow Maugrim's subordinate wolf to the White Witch, enabling them to rescue Edmund in a wooded valley some distance away as she prepares to kill him.

Prince Caspian[edit]

Maugrim is mentioned in Prince Caspian when Peter retrieves his sword from the treasury of Cair Paravel, stating, "It is my sword Rhindon ... with it I killed the Wolf."

Media appearances[edit]

Maugrim, as portrayed by Martin Stone in The Chronicles of Narnia

Maugrim appears in the 1988 BBC production on The Chronicles of Narnia, portrayed by Canadian actor Martin Stone; he is portrayed as a shape shifter (a wer-wolf), who assumes the form of a humanoid wolf-like creature when speaking or fighting, and an actual wolf when standing guard at the Witch's castle, traveling or when mortally wounded. Martin Stone would return in Prince Caspian as the werewolf who, along with a hag (played by Barbara Kellerman, who had previously played the White Witch) and the dwarf Nikabrik, was slain by Peter and Edmund Pevensie in a failed attempt to bring back the White Witch in the hope that she would defeat King Miraz.

Maugrim appears in the 2005 motion picture The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in which he is voiced by American actor Michael Madsen. His role in the film is more prominent than in the book or the BBC serial. In sequences invented for the film, Maugrim and his wolves (who are more numerous than in the book) attempt to intimidate a red fox into revealing the children's whereabouts after they leave the Beavers' house. Maugrim later taunts Peter by calling him a coward, citing an earlier confrontation where Peter had not been able to strike a killing blow for fear of harming his friends.

In the 1979 cartoon adaptation, the character was credited as Fenris Ulf.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter J. Schakel, The Way Into Narnia, Williams B. Erdmans, 2005, p. 14.
  2. ^ IMDB
  3. ^ Lewis, C.S. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia. p. 268. ISBN 0-00-185713-4. 
  4. ^ Lewis, C.S. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia. p. 115. ISBN 0-00-185713-4. 

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