Maugrim

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Maugrim
Narnia character
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Maugrim. Art by Leo and Diane Dillon
RaceTalking Gray wolf
NationNarnia
GenderMale
TitleCaptain 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 character in the novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. A Narnian wolf, he is Captain of the White Witch's Secret Police. In early American editions of the book, Lewis changed the name to Fenris Ulf (a reference to Fenrisúlfr, a wolf from Norse mythology),[1][2][3] but when HarperCollins took over the books they took out Lewis' revisions,[4] and the name Maugrim has been used in all editions since 1994.[3][5]

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 the lion Aslan.[6]

History[edit]

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe[edit]

Maugrim's name first appears on the proclamation that the Pevensie children find in Mr. Tumnus' ransacked cave, announcing the faun's arrest by the Secret Police for not giving Lucy Pevensie 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".[7]

The White Witch then sends Maugrim and the fastest of his 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 on foot. As Aslan's army assembles near the Stone Table, Maugrim attacks Susan Pevensie, and is killed by Peter Pevensie, for which the latter is given the title "Sir Peter Wolfsbane". Aslan's creatures then follow Maugrim's subordinate wolf to the White Witch, enabling them to rescue Edmund.

When informed about Maugrim's death, the White Witch sends the same wolf to rally her army so that they can meet her at her current position as speedily as they can.

In 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]

  • In the 1979 animated adaptation, the character is named "Fenris Ulf" (the name used in early U.S. editions of the book).
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 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 mortally wounded. As in the book, he is killed by Peter after appearing at the Stone Table, where he has been sent on the White Witch's orders after Edmund informs her than his siblings and Aslan have reached Narnia.
  • Martin Stone returned a year later in Prince Caspian as the werewolf who was slain by Peter and Edmund Pevensie, alongside a hag (played by Barbara Kellerman, who had previously played the White Witch) and the dwarf Nikabrik, who had enlisted their help in an attempt to resurrect the White Witch as part of the battle to defeat the evil Narnian ruler King Miraz - who was indeed an evil ruler, but in the words of Caspian (Miraz's own nephew) was "the cruellest enemy of all - a tyrant a hundred times worse than Miraz himself".
  • Maugrim appears in the 2005 motion picture The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, voiced by Michael Madsen. In sequences invented for the film, Maugrim and his wolves attempt to intimidate a red fox into revealing the children's whereabouts after they leave the Beavers' house. Maugrim and another wolf catch up to the Pevensies at Aslan's camp where he attacks Susan and Lucy. While Aslan pins the wolf down and holds some members of his army back, Peter duels with Maugrim. Maugrim later taunts Peter, citing an earlier confrontation (at a river which had been defrosted, where Peter did not have the courage to kill Maugrim), but he is killed by Peter as in the book and the earlier BBC adaptation.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Duriez, Colin (2013). The A-Z of C.S Lewis: An encyclopaedia of his life, thought, and writings. Lion Books. p. 190. ISBN 978-0-7459-5586-5 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Duriez, Colin (2004). A Field Guide to Narnia. InterVarsity Press. p. 195. ISBN 0-8308-3207-6 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b Lodbell, Jared (2016). Eight Children in Narnia. Open Court Publishing Company. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-8126-9901-2 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Peter J. Schakel, The Way Into Narnia, Williams B. Erdmans, 2005, p. 14.
  5. ^ IMDB
  6. ^ Lewis, C.S. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia. p. 268. ISBN 0-00-185713-4.
  7. ^ Lewis, C.S. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia. p. 115. ISBN 0-00-185713-4.

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