Caspian

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Titles: Prince Caspian, Caspian the Tenth, King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, Emperor of the Lone Islands, Caspian the Seafarer, Caspian the Navigator

Age: 13 (PC), 16 (VDT), 66 (SC)

Species: Son of Adam, Telmarine

Home: Telmarine castle (PC), Cair Paravel (VDT, SC)

Physical Description: Golden-headed

Tools: In Chapter 6 of Prince Caspian, the Seven Brothers of the Shuddering Wood present Caspian with a new sword, which makes his Telmarine sword look "as feeble as a toy and as clumsy as a stick"

First Appearance: Prince Caspian, Ch. 4 (1951)


Appearances

~ Prince Caspian ~ (1951)

Prince Caspian lives with his uncle, King Miraz, in a Telmarine castle in Narnia. His nurse tells him stories of Old Narnia, when animals talked and the trees were awake, and Caspian longs for those days to return, but they seem to be only the stuff of legend. When Miraz learns of the tales that Caspian's nurse has been telling him, she is removed and a tutor, Doctor Cornelius, is hired for the young prince. But Doctor Cornelius is also an advocate of Old Narnia. One night, Doctor Cornelius wakes Caspian and tells him that Queen Prunaprismia has had a son, and the doctor believes Miraz intends to kill Caspian so that his own son could be king. Cornelius gives Queen Susan's enchanted horn to Caspian and tells him to ride to Archenland where he will be safe. As Caspian travels through the forest, it begins to storm and he is knocked unconscious by a falling branch. When he awakens, he finds himself being helped by Old Narnians — the Talking Badger, Trufflehunter, and two Dwarfs, Trumpkin and Nikabrik. After hearing his story, they accept him as their king, and he leads them to war against Miraz and the Telmarines. When the Old Narnians have lost a series of battles and morale is low, Caspian blows Queen Susan's enchanted horn to call for aid. The horn pulls the four Pevensies back into Narnia. When the Pevensies finally reach Caspian at Aslan's How, High King Peter suggests that he send Miraz a challenge to single combat to fight for Caspian's right to the throne. Caspian fights at the second Battle of Beruna and takes part in the victory over the Telmarines. Caspian is eventually crowned King of Narnia, although, being humble, he does not feel himself sufficient.

~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ~ (1952)

Three years after his coronation, King Caspian sets sail to fulfill his oath to Aslan to search for the seven lost lords of Narnia. When Edmund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustace are sent by Aslan to help with the quest, Caspian welcomes them to his ship, the Dawn Treader. While on the Lone Islands, the four of them and Reepicheep decide to walk across Felimath and are captured by slavers. Caspian is purchased by the Lord Bern, one of the seven missing lords, and together they free the others and abolish the slave trade in the Lone Islands. On Dragon Island, Caspian recognizes the Lord Octesian's arm-ring on the dragon's (Eustace's) arm. When Aslan appears to them on Deathwater Island, Caspian and Edmund forget their quarrel over the water that transforms objects into gold. Caspian's courage is tested in the Land of the Duffers, where he chooses to meet the invisible Dufflepuds rather than try to escape from them in secret. As the voyage continues, Reepicheep persuades Caspian to enter the Dark Island where they discover Lord Rhoop. When they finally reach the world's end, Caspian wants to go with Reepicheep to Aslan's Country, but Aslan appears to him and tells him that he must return to his country. Caspian returns to Ramandu's Island, marries his daughter, and sails back to Narnia in obedience to Aslan.

~ The Silver Chair ~ (1953)

Forty years after sailing to the world's end, King Caspian is mourning the death of his Queen and the disappearance of his son, Prince Rilian. When Lord Drinian comes to him and says he feels responsible for Rilian's disappearance, Caspian raises an axe to kill him. But then he throws it away and says, "I have lost my queen and my son: shall I lose my friend also?" Ten years later, seeking Aslan's advice before his death, Caspian sets out on a voyage to the Lone Islands, where it was rumored that the great Lion had been recently sighted. Caspian has not sailed far when Aslan appears to him and tells him that his long-lost son has been rescued and is awaiting him in Narnia. Caspian sails back to Narnia and sees his son one last time. Then his hand falls, and in the sight of all Narnia, King Caspian the tenth dies. But Eustace and Jill see him again as a young boy in Aslan's Country. Then, Aslan grants Caspian something he has always wanted: a glimpse of our world, Earth.

~ The Last Battle ~ (1956)

Caspian is there to welcome the friends of Narnia at the final reunion.




About Caspian

When we first meet Caspian in Prince Caspian, he is more interested in the old days and meeting the Old Narnians than he is in becoming king. When he becomes king, he does not feel "sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia." But by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Caspian has become more confident as he successfully tricks Governor Gumpas into believing he had brought more ships. He also abolishes the slave trade there. On Dragon Island, after some discussion, Caspian decides to meet the dragon face-to-face rather than hide. He makes a similar decision on the Island of the Duffers. Throughout the voyage, Caspian keeps the Dawn Treader pointed east in pursuit of their quest, even when some question if there were any more islands ahead.


Quotes

  • "I wish—I wish—I wish I could have lived in the Old Days." (PC, Ch. 4)
  • "I say, you haven't yet found out whether I want to go back. I don't. I want to stay with you—if you'll let me. I've been looking for people like you all my life." (PC, Ch. 5)
  • "Back there among the Humans the people who laughed at Aslan would have laughed at stories about Talking Beasts and Dwarfs. Sometimes I did wonder if there really was such a person as Aslan: but then sometimes I wondered if there were really people like you. Yet there you are." (PC, Ch. 5)
  • "And finally, if your Lordship will give me a sword I will prove on any man's body in clean battle that I am Caspian the son of Caspian, lawful King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, and Emperor of the Lone Islands." (VDT, Ch. 3)
  • "No, Reepicheep, you are not to attempt a single combat with it. And unless you promise to obey me in this matter I'll have you tied up." (VDT, Ch. 6)
  • "Be careful, Lucy. It's a very clever dragon but it may be a liar." (VDT, Ch. 6)
  • "In the world from which my friends come they have a story of a prince or a king coming to a castle where all the people lay in an enchanted sleep. In that story he could not dissolve the enchantment until he had kissed the Princess." (VDT, Ch. 13)
  • "Do you mean to say that you three come from a round world (round like a ball) and you've never told me!" (VDT, Ch. 15)
  • "Sir, I've always wanted to have just one glimpse of their world. Is that wrong?" (SC, Ch. 16)


Portrayals

  • Ben Barnes: Disney/Walden Prince Caspian, 2008; Fox/Walden The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 2010

Born: 20 August 1981 "I was a massive Narnia fan as a kid. I found my old copy of Prince Caspian when I auditioned for the movie and to find out that I was actually going to be in it was a dream come true." — Ben Barnes






  • Richard Suchet (voice, PC), Joe Shaw (voice, VDT, SC): Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002


  • Jean Marc Perret (PC, SC): BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • Samuel West (VDT): BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • Geoffrey Russell (SC): BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • Richard Puddifoot (voice, PC, VDT, SC), Tom Godfrey (voice, young, PC), Geoffrey Whitehead (voice, adult, SC), Nicholas Farr (voice, younger, SC): BBC Radio Tales of Narnia
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