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In C. S. Lewis's fantasy novel series the Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan's How is a construction located south of the Great River in Narnia next to the Great Woods. It was built over the Hill of the Stone Table. It is a tell.

The word "How" derives from the Old Norse haugr, meaning hill. In parts of England, it is a synonym for a barrow, or earthen burial-mound (see tumulus.)

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Pevensie children first encounter Aslan in this place in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Aslan's camp is here when the children first arrive there, but is soon moved to another location due to an event that happens the same night. That night, Aslan is seen wandering out of the campsite by Lucy and Susan, who follow him. Aslan knows that they are following him and asks them why. He agrees to let them stay with him and they walk together up the hill to the Stone Table. There, Aslan tells the children to stay and to keep quiet. Aslan then goes up the hill to the Table. There, hundreds of evil creatures await him, including the White Witch. Aslan is soon bound with ropes on the table and killed. Afterwards, the army of creatures file out and the two sisters walk up to his body, kiss him, and mourn his death. They try to untie him, but are unable to. Soon, mice come along and gnaw through the ropes.

When morning comes, the two decide to leave the place. As they leave, a huge earthquake happens and they turn back to see the Stone Table cracked. Stunned, they walk up to the table. As the sun rises, Aslan appears in a triumphant sight. They are amazed and ask how he came back to life. He explains about the Deep Magic From the Dawn of Time, and the yet Deeper Magic From Before the Dawn of Time. They then leave the place with a bound and a mighty roar

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Deeper Magic Before From The Dawn Of Time

Susan and Lucy are explained the Deeper Magic From Before The Dawn Of Time which says that if anyone is killed on the Stone Table though he hasn't committed a crime, the Stone Table Shall Break and The Man will come alive.

"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

This has a hidden moral in it. It says that "Death is also afraid of the one who is always on the path of truth, and willingly sacrifice their lives in a traitor's hands on a purpose to save others".

This again goes back to "Long Live Truth".[1].

Prince Caspian

The site is not referred to as "Aslan's How" until Prince Caspian, the events of which take place over a thousand Narnian years after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

At some point during the absence of the Pevensie children, a barrow was raised over the remains of the broken Stone Table. Who built the mound, or why, is not explained by Lewis. It is possible that this action was undertaken by the superstitious Telmarines, who feared and despised anything to do with Old Narnia. Another possibility is that the Old Narnians themselves wished to protect the Stone Table fragments from desecration by hiding them from their enemies.

The runaway Prince Caspian flees into the forest from his evil uncle, King Miraz, and finds a host of good creatures and animals. When word gets out that the King's army is out to capture the Prince, he and his friends take cover inside Aslan's How. The How proves to be a reliable fortress. Miraz's army surrounds the mound and is fought off when the four Pevensies and Aslan return to Narnia[2].

The Horse and His Boy

Aslan's How is only mentioned once more in The Horse and His Boy[3].

As Shown In The Movies

In the Chronicles of Narnia film series, the place is shown in various ways:

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

In this film, Aslan sets the camp at another place from before only and not at Stone table. The Stone Table is shown in the cinema only for approximately 15 minutes. The White Witch is bound by the others and it shown as a place with a high table and pillared by four pillars at four corners.

The witch's army is all around. Aslan is killed. The next day, stone table is broken not by an earthquake but it breaks itself. The children hear the sound and wake up. The breaking is not shown. The children hug Aslan and they go to Beruna[4].

Prince Caspian

In this film, Stone Table is shown as Aslan's How and it is completely covered. It is a small place and dark and not as big as it was shown in the other film The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe. It is carved with Aslan's pictures and has many carvings of The Pevensie children and Mr. Tumnus.

Disney takes a step further, showing a ceremony to bring the White Witch back to life. A hag chants a spell and creates ice between two of the four pillars near the Stone Table. The White Witch appears in the ice and asks for a drop of blood from Caspian X. Peter comes to his rescue, but the Witch overpowers him and he lowers his sword. He is about to give the blood when Edmund breaks the ice from behind. A fight ensues, during which Nikabrik is killed.[5]. In the movie, The Stone Table is below Aslan's How, while it is not in the book.[6]

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

This film has no mention of Aslan's How.

See also

References

  1. ^ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C S Lewis, chapter 14: The Triumph Of The Witch Chapter 15: Deeper Magic From Before The Dawn of Time
  2. ^ Prince Caspian by C S Lewis, Chapter 13: Sorcery And Sudden Vengeance
  3. ^ The Horse And His Boy By C S Lewis, Chapter 12: Shasta In Narnia
  4. ^ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, A film by Disney Productions released on 9 Dec in Europe And North America.
  5. ^ Prince Caspian, a film by Disney Productions released on May 16 in the United States Of America
  6. ^ http://narnia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Stone_Table

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