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 an intensely practical and 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 one of the "Old Narnian" underground, a network of dwarves, fauns, centaurs, talking beasts and others who are hiding and surviving in inaccessible wooded and mountainous country, to escape harassment from the Telmarine usurpers of Narnia. Miraz, 'Lord Protector of Narnia', is only the latest in a dynasty of rulers of a people who have systematically repressed "Old Narnia" over several centuries, although he himself has murdered his own brother Caspian IX in order to entrench this repression further. It is so long that Aslan has appeared in Narnia, that practical persons such as Trumpkin find the notion of putting faith in a mythical talking lion, white magic, or the "fairy tale" of the two kings and two queens from Narnia's Golden Age completely ridiculous. Nevertheless, he like many others are exhausted and sick at heart at not being able to live freely in their own lands. Therefore when the opportunity presents itself to succour, befriend, harbour and mentor the young runaway Caspian X, the actual heir to the throne and one who desires to embrace Old Narnians, Trumpkin recognizes an opportunity too good to miss. He and his allies support Caspian in rousing a hodge-podge force of Old Narnians to mount a resistance to his Uncle Miraz's rule and to challenge the broader repression of Old Narnia.

When the underground's army is being badly beaten in a siege on Aslan's How a sacred mound which now covers the Stone Table, 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 the ancient kings and queens Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy. Despite the 'success' of the horn's call, Trumpkin is true-to-character, singularly unimpressed with the results; four children, when the best he would have imagined are four powerful adult warriors and strategists. He supports them on their journey and helps guide them to Aslan's How, the military base of the underground. However it is only when they approach this sacred place, that Aslan finally reveals himself to Trumpkin face-to-face in an overwhelming way, and thus comes Trumpkin's moment of truth and his embracement of faith - whether he likes it or not.

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 searching for answers to his son's fate. Glimfeather the owl brings Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole to Trumpkin, who gives them lodging in the castle of Cair Paravel, but puts no effort into listening to their pleas or getting others to do so. Indeed, as others have been lost in the quest for Caspian's lost son, he is also unlikely to provide them with any assistance, regardless of any accompanying message from Aslan. His healthy skepticism in the face of grief and old age has hardened into conservative obfuscation. Trumpkin outlives Caspian and proclaims Rilian, the son of Caspian, as King of Narnia shortly after he returns from Underland where the Lady of the Green Kirtle has 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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