Prince Caspian

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Prince Caspian was the second book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. In chronological order it comes fourth. It was given the subtitle The Return to Narnia by C.S. Lewis.[1]


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Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy (the heroes and heroines of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) were sitting at a train station preparing to go back to school after the holidays. Then, suddenly, they were pulled out of our world and back into the land of Narnia. They found themselves at their former castle, Cair Paravel, which they found was now ruins. There, they met a dwarf called Trumpkin there who told them about a young boy named Prince Caspian. Trumpkin told them about Caspian's early life, and about how he ran away from his treacherous, usurping uncle, Miraz. He told the children how Caspian ended up living with talking beasts, dwarves, and other mythical creatures and then fighting a war against the Telmarines, who (led by Miraz) were trying to wipe out all remaining creatures as well as Caspian himself. The children and the Dwarf journey to Caspian's camp. The journey is long and while on the journey they meet Aslan, the great lion, who also aides them by waking the trees who until that moment had been in a great sleep. Peter, Edmund and Trumpkin go to Caspian's rescue and propose that Peter have single combat with Miraz. Through prodding by his councilors Miraz accepts the challenge and the fight begins. During the fight Miraz falls down and two ambitious lords use the opportunity to stab Miraz and enter into battle. Thanks to Aslan the heroes are now much stronger and are able to defeat the Telmarine army. Aslan and the girls come and join the victorious armies and Aslan crowns Caspian. They spend several days in celebration then Aslan sends the children home. Peter and Susan he says will never return to Narnia.[2]

Film version

It was adapted for television (and merged with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Following up the blockbuster The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Walden Media released Prince Caspian on May 16, 2008. The cast included William Moseley as Peter, Anna Popplewell as Susan, Scandar Keynes as Edmund, Georgie Henley as Lucy and Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian. Liam Neeson voiced Aslan. Walden Media then prepared to film The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. Voyage of the Dawn Treader was to follow on May 1, 2009,[3] however, Disney stopped funding the movie when it was revealed that it would go over budget. The Fox Network has agreed to fund the movie instead.[4]



  1. Companion to Narnia by Paul Ford, HarperSan Fransisco, 1980.
  2. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1970.