Trumpkin

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Trumpkin
Narnia character
Trumpkin.jpg
Race Dwarf
Nation Narnia
Gender Male
Title Lord Regent of Narnia
Birthplace Narnia
Major character in
Portrayals in adaptations
1988 BBC miniseries: Big Mick
2008 Walden/Disney film: Peter Dinklage[1]

Trumpkin is a fictional character in C.S. Lewis' fantasy novel series The Chronicles of Narnia. Trumpkin is a loyal, but skeptical, dwarf who lives during the reigns of King Miraz and King Caspian X. He is a major character in Prince Caspian, briefly mentioned in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and is a minor character in The Silver Chair.

Fictional biography[edit]

Trumpkin the dwarf is first introduced in the second published book of The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian. When he enters the story, he is a leader of the "True Narnian" underground, a group hiding from the Telmarine King Miraz, whose ancestors had invaded Narnia centuries earlier and defeated the "Old Narnians".

Trumpkin is intensely loyal to the underground king, King Caspian X, but does not believe in Aslan, white magic, or the "fairy tale" of the two kings and two queens from Narnia's Golden Age.

When the underground's army is being badly beaten in a siege on Aslan's How, Caspian sounds Queen Susan's magical horn, with hope that it will bring magical help. Trumpkin is sent to the ruins of Cair Paravel to meet any help, should it arrive there. At the ruins he meets ancient kings and queens Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy. He journeys with them to Aslan's How, the military base of the underground. There he meets Aslan, and believes in the "fairy tales" from ages past.

After the war, King Caspian names him Lord Regent of Narnia. He is mentioned in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as the one who is ruling the country during Caspian's voyage. Half a century later, in The Silver Chair, Trumpkin is an old, deaf dwarf who is again running the country while Caspian is away. Glimfeather the owl brings Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole to Trumpkin, who gives them lodging in the castle of Cair Paravel. He outlives Caspian and proclaims Rilian, the son of Caspian, as King of Narnia shortly after he returns from the underworld where the Green Lady had been holding him captive.

Trumpkin is known for using alliterative exclamations such as "Tubs and tortoise-shells!", "Beards and bedsteads!", and "Crows and crockery!"

Portrayals[edit]

Actor Year Medium
Big Mick 1989 & 1990 BBC television miniseries
Richard Griffiths 1994 BBC Radio broadcast
Chris Emmett 2000 Focus on the Family Radio Theater production
Peter Dinklage 2008 Theatrical feature film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "More Prince Caspian Casting Announcements". NarniaWeb. 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 

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