Title: Coriakin the Magician
Age: Unknown, but old
Species: A star
Home: The Island of the Voices
Physical Description: He has a long white beard and bare feet. He wears a red robe and a chaplet of oak leaves, and carries a carved staff.
Tools: His Magician's Book
First Appearance: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Ch. 11 (1952)
~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ~ (1952)Aslan to govern the Duffers on their island. The Duffers describe him as a "great magician" who fell into a great rage and cast an uglifying spell on them because they would not do what he wished. Later on when Lucy meets Coriakin after reading his book of magic, he explains that he merely wanted them to do things in logical order rather than things like planting cooked potatoes to save time cooking them later. Coriakin had allowed the Duffers to cast an invisibility spell on themselves because he knew Lucy would be around eventually to lift it. He meets Lucy after Aslan appears, and serves her a delicious lunch when the Great Lion leaves. He invites the other Narnians to dine with him and uses magic to prepare a feast in which each has what he or she likes best to eat. Afterward he presents them with a map created by magic that is so detailed that if you look closely, you can see everything from the buildings on the street to the caves on the hillsides. Before the Narnians bid him farewell, Coriakin mends the stern of the Dawn Treader which had been damaged in the fight with the sea serpent. Later in the book, Ramandu hints that Coriakin was placed on the island as a punishment of sorts, though he will not say what crimes a star can commit.
Coriakin is a star who is in disgrace for unexplained reasons. Aslan hints at it when He speaks with Coriakin on the Island of the Dufflepuds, but it is not made clear until Ramandu explains later that Coriakin's rulership of the Duffers is a punishment. And yet his punishment is not abasing; he is given a charge of some trust in ruling the Duffers' island. Though the Duffers can be very trying, Coriakin speaks of them with affection. He is quite friendly to Lucy when he finds her in his study reading his magic book, and uses his skills for the benefit of the explorers when he creates the map of their travels. Though he is slightly weary of his punishment, Coriakin bears it well, and it would seem that whatever his sin had been, he had learned from it and was eager to obey Aslan in the steps of the Great Dance in the sky once more.
- "You see they had made me invisible too and being invisible always makes me sleepy." (VDT, Ch. 11)
- "They are very stupid but there is no real harm in them. I begin to grow rather fond of the creatures. Sometimes, perhaps, I am a little impatient, waiting for the day when they can be governed by wisdom instead of this rough magic." (VDT, Ch. 11)
- "Gone! And you and I quite crestfallen. It's always like that, you can't keep him; it's not as if he were a tame lion." (VDT, Ch. 11)
- Norman Bowler: Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002
- John Hartley: BBC Radio Tales of Narnia