The series contains many allusions to traditional Christian ideas, presented in a format designed to make them easily accessible to younger readers; however, the books can also be read purely for their adventure, colour, and richness of ideas, and as a result have become favourites of children and adults, Christians and non-Christians alike. In addition to employing Christian themes, Lewis also borrows characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.
The Chronicles of Narnia present the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil. Each of the books (with the exception of The Horse and His Boy) features as its protagonists children from our world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon to help by the lion Aslan to save Narnia. It is interesting to note that, while Aslan in the end is the one who wins battles, he chooses to rely always on the cooperation of the Sons and Daughters of Adam and Eve.
… that Maugrim, the captain of the White Witch's secret police, had his name changed by the author to "Fenris Ulf," referring to the creature from Norse mythology, but that later editors decided to ignore this change?
"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; "don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you. (LWW8)
"Creatures, I give you yourselves," said the strong, happy voice of Aslan. "I give to you for ever this land of Narnia. I give you the woods, the fruits, the rivers. I give you the stars and I give you myself. The Dumb Beasts whom I have not chosen are yours also. Treat them gently and cherish them but do not go back to their ways lest you cease to be Talking Beasts. For out of them you were taken and into them you can return. Do not do so." (MN10)
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. (LWW1)
"I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you." - Aslan (HHB11)
"You come from the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve", said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth; be content." (PC)
There was once a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. He didn't call his Father and Mother "Father" and "Mother", but Harold and Alberta. They were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and tee-totallers, and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open. (VDT1)
"My own plans are made. While I can, I sail east in the Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. When she sinks, I shall swim east with my four paws. And when I can swim no longer, if I have not reached Aslan's country, or shot over the edge of the world in some vast cataract, I shall sink with my nose to the sunrise and Peepiceek shall be head of the talking mice in Narnia." -Reepicheep (VDT14)
Courage! Courage, dear heart! -Aslan (VDT)
Puddleglum's my name.But it doesn't matter if you forget it.I can always tell you again.(SC)
All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. (LB16)
Lucy: Narnia! It's all in the wardrobe just like I told you! (LWW film)
Professor Kirke: What were you all doing in the wardrobe? Peter: You wouldn't believe us if we told you, sir. Professor Kirke: [tosses cricket ball to Peter] Try me! (LWW film)
Lucy: What are you doing? Tumnus: I'm kidnapping you. (LWW film)
Edmund: Where are we? Peter: Where do you think? (PC film)
Lucy: Or have you forgotten who really defeated the White Witch, Peter? (PC film)
Peter: What do you think happens at home if you die here? You know, you've always been there for me, and-Ahh! Edmund: Save it for later. (PC film)
"Anyone I catch talking about this young girl will first be beaten to death, then burned alive, then put on bread and water for six weeks. There!" -Lasaraleen Tarkheena(HHB)
Uncle Andrew: "None of that! You start making a noise and your mother will hear it. You don't know what a fright might do to her... That's better, perhaps you couldn't help it. It is a shock, when you first see someone vanish. Why, it even gave me a turn when the guinea pig did it last night." Digory: "Was that when you yelled?" Uncle Andrew: "Oh, you heard that, did you? I hope you haven't been spying on me." Digory: "No I haven't!"..."But what's happened to Polly?" Uncle Andrew: "Congratulate me, my dear boy! My experiment has succeeded. The little girl's gone. Vanished, right out of the world!" Digory: "What have you done to her?" Uncle Andrew: "Sent her to, well, another place." Digory: "What do you mean?" Uncle Andrew: "Well, I'll tell you all about it. Have you ever heard of old Mrs. Lefay?" Digory: "Wasn't she a sort of aunt, or something?" Uncle Andrew: "Not exactly, she was my godmother. That's her, there on the wall." (TMN)
'But who is Aslan? Do you know him? Well — he knows me, said Edmund' (VDT)