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Narnia character
Tumnus
Race Faun
Nation Narnia
Gender Male
Birthplace Narnia
Major character in
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Portrayals in adaptations
1988 BBC miniseries: Jeffrey Perry
2005 Walden/Disney film: James McAvoy

Tumnus is a fictional character in C. S. Lewis' series The Chronicles of Narnia. He is featured prominently in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and also appears in The Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle. He is close friends with Lucy Pevensie and is the first person she meets in Narnia, as well as the first Narnian to be introduced in the series. Lewis said that the first Narnia story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, all came to him from a single picture he had in his head of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels through a snowy wood. In that way, Tumnus was the initial inspiration for all of the Narnia stories.

Tumnus' name may have been inspired by Vertumnus, a god of the seasons and orchards in Roman mythology.

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Description

Lewis describes Tumnus as having reddish skin, curly hair, brown eyes, a short pointed beard, horns on his forehead, cloven hooves, goat legs with glossy black hair, a "strange but pleasant little face," a long tail, and being, "only a little taller than Lucy herself."

He first appears in the story when Lucy arrives in Narnia at the lamp-post. He introduces himself to Lucy and she tells him who she is, before inviting her back to his cave for dinner. During dinner, they have a conversation about Narnia before Tumnus starts playing his flute and Lucy falls asleep. When Lucy wakes up, she thinks that she's been asleep for hours and tells Tumnus that she needs to be going home, only to realize that he is crying. He confesses that he is in the pay of the White Witch (who rules Narnia and has made it always winter but never Christmas) who has ordered him to hand over any sons of Adam or Daughters of Eve - humans - that he sees in Narnia. Mr Tumnus soon realises that he can't give Lucy up to the Witch, and so he guides her back to the lamp-post to see that she returns safely to her own world.

When Lucy returns to Narnia a few days later, Tumnus is still there and neither of them can understand how the White Witch hasn't found out about him letting her go. However, when Lucy and her siblings come to Narnia a while afterwards, they find that Tumnus has been captured by Maugrim, Chief of the White Witch's secret police.

Much later on in the story, when the winter has come to an end and Aslan is preparing an army to take on the White Witch, Lucy and Susan find Tumnus as a statue in the Witch's castle and he is restored by Aslan.

In the 2005 film version The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Tumnus has lighter skin, blue eyes, brown legs, and he also has a stubbly little tail. He was portrayed by actor James McAvoy in the film.

Other media

Tumnus appears in the "Robot Chicken's Half-Assed Christmas Special" voiced by Seth Green. When he meets the nerd upon his arrival, the nerd beats him to death with a giant stick he dubs "Excalibur 2."

Tumnus also appears in an episode of Family Guy, in which Peter Griffin falls in the dryer searching for a sock. The sock is then stolen by Tumnus, and he runs away from Peter, who gives chase shouting, "Hey, give me back my sock, you goat bastard!"

Tumnus also appears in the South Park trilogy, "Imaginationland".

Tumnus also appears in Epic Movie as he explains to Lucy that he is a faun.

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