Edmund Pevensie

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Titles: King Edmund the Just, Duke of Lantern Waste, Count of the Western March, Knight of the Noble Order of the Table

Age: 10 – 25 (LWW), 11 (PC), 12 (VDT), 24 (HHB), 19 (LB)

Species: Son of Adam

Home: London, England; Cair Paravel, Narnia

Physical Description: No information

Tools: Sword, shield, torch (flashlight)

First Appearance: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ch. 1 (1950)


Appearances

~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ (1950)

Edmund and his three siblings are sent to Professor Kirke's house in the country because of the air raids of World War II. Edmund is the second Pevensie to step through the wardrobe into Narnia, where he meets the White Witch. Using enchanted Turkish Delight as well as the promise of becoming King, the Witch tricks Edmund into betraying his siblings. Edmund begins to have a change of heart after witnessing how cruelly the Witch treats both him and other Narnians. Though Edmund is rescued from the Witch by Aslan's followers, the Witch tries to reclaim him by citing the Deep Magic, which states that every traitor belongs to her. Aslan offers to give His own life in exchange, the Witch agrees, and Edmund's life is spared. Edmund becomes one of the heroes of the first Battle of Beruna when he confronts the White Witch. She had been using her magic wand to turn the Narnians to stone, and instead of going directly for her as the rest of the Narnians were doing, Edmund breaks the Witch's wand. The breaking of her wand is a turning point for the Narnians in the battle. Edmund is wounded in his fight with the Witch, and after the battle Lucy heals him with her gift from Father Christmas, the healing cordial. There on the field, Aslan makes Edmund a knight. In the years that he reigns in Narnia with his brother and sisters, he is known as King Edmund the Just.

~ The Horse and His Boy ~ (1954)

King Edmund is one of the company from Narnia visiting the city of Tashbaan while Queen Susan considers Prince Rabadash's marriage proposal. Seeing the true motivations of Rabadash, Edmund warns Susan of Rabadash's scheme to make her his wife by force, enabling them to escape through a well-crafted and daring plan. In the fight at Anvard, Edmund fights Rabadash and leads the Narnians and Archenlanders to victory.


~ Prince Caspian ~ (1951)

The sounding of Queen Susan's enchanted horn pulls Edmund and his siblings from the platform of an English railway station into Narnia. Once there, they use Edmund’s torch to explore the ancient treasure chamber beneath the ruins of Cair Paravel. The next day, Edmund challenges Trumpkin to a duel to prove that he is indeed King Edmund the Just from the Golden Age. Edmund wins his duel with the Dwarf and they set off to join Caspian, the rightful king of Narnia, whose throne has been usurped by his uncle Miraz. While traveling to Aslan's How where the Narnian army is camped, Edmund is the first to believe Lucy when she claims to see Aslan leading the group in a different direction. He remembers how he did not believe her before about the world she said she had found in the wardrobe, and concludes that she is telling the truth now. Soon he is also able to see the Great Lion who is leading them. When they arrive at Aslan's How, Edmund, Peter, and Trumpkin help to rid the council of the Wer-Wolf and the Hag that Nikabrik the Black Dwarf has brought in. Edmund and two others are chosen to deliver Peter's challenge of single combat to Miraz, and he fights valiantly in the second Battle of Beruna.

~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ~ (1952)

Edmund and Lucy are staying with their cousin Eustace for the summer holidays. While looking at a painting of a ship at sea, the three children are astonished as it suddenly becomes real and pulls them into the scene. After they are rescued from the sea by King Caspian, they join the crew on the Dawn Treader to assist with the quest to find the seven lost lords. Edmund is among those captured by the slavers on the Lone Islands, but freed again when Caspian and Lord Bern rescue them. When Eustace tells Edmund his story of how he became "un-dragoned," Edmund says that he believes it was Aslan he had seen. Edmund remembers his first adventure in Narnia and how the Lion changed him, and is able to understand Eustace's experience as few others can. Though Edmund had been impatient with Eustace earlier in the voyage, his attitude toward his cousin changes as Eustace learns to become less selfish. As the voyage continues, Edmund discovers that the water on Deathwater Island turns objects into gold. When the children reach the end of their voyage, Aslan tells Edmund and Lucy that they will not be coming back to Narnia, and that they must learn to know Him in their own world.

~ The Last Battle ~ (1956)

Edmund and the other friends of Narnia are gathered together on Earth when King Tirian suddenly appears before them. They all sense that something is wrong, and decide to recover the magic rings so that Eustace and Jill can go back to Narnia to help. Edmund and Peter go to Digory's old house in London and dig up the rings. Edmund is with Peter on the train platform when the train crashes. Immediately after that, they find themselves in another world. Edmund meets Tirian when Tirian throws himself through the stable door, and witnesses night falling on Narnia. Edmund goes "further up and further in" with the others as Aslan leads them to His country.


About Edmund

Edmund is one of the most dynamic characters in the series, as he undergoes a change from spiteful and selfish to repentant and just. Not wanting to admit that Lucy had been right, Edmund lies and says that he and Lucy had only been pretending that they visited Narnia. Because of his betrayal, Edmund is not present when the Pevensies meet Father Christmas, and so he does not receive any gifts. But when he is rescued from the White Witch by Aslan's followers, Edmund repents of his treachery and is eventually knighted by Aslan. Because of his experience, Edmund is able to relate to Eustace's conversion in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. "Between ourselves," Edmund tells him, "you haven’t been as bad as I was on my first trip to Narnia. You were only an ass, but I was a traitor."


Quotes

  • "When I’m King of Narnia the first thing I shall do will be to make decent roads." (LWW, Ch. 9)
  • "But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did." (HHB, Ch. 15)
  • "That’s the worst of girls. They never carry a map in their heads." (PC, Ch. 9)
  • "Bother! I’ve left my new torch in Narnia!" (PC, Ch. 15)
  • "Between ourselves, you haven’t been as bad as I was on my first trip to Narnia. You were only an ass, but I was a traitor." (VDT, Ch. 7)
  • "There was a frightful roar and something hit me with a bang, but it didn't hurt. And I felt not so much scared as - well, excited." (LB, Ch. 13)


Portrayals

  • Skandar Keynes: Disney/Walden The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005; Prince Caspian, 2008; Fox/Walden The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 2010

Born: 5 September 1991 "Once Pippa Hall said 'yeah, it will be six months in New Zealand,' I was sort of like 'cool,' and then we got in the car and I'm like 'yeah yeah yeah, we're gonna do it, we're gonna do it.' " — Skandar Keynes "He has wonderful dark eyes, he looked like he could be Georgie's older brother, and he definitely had that mischief in himself." — Director Andrew Adamson "Skandar is very much like Edmund, I have to admit." — William Moseley "He's really like me, he's always like getting into trouble and stuff." — Skandar Keynes




  • Mark Wells (adult): Disney/Walden The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005

Born: 14 September 1980






  • Matthew White (voice, young), Robert Benfield (voice, adult), Gyuri Sarossy (voice, LB): Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002


  • Jonathan R. Scott: BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • Charles Ponting (adult): BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • Henry Power (voice, LWW), Peter England (voice, PC, VDT, LB), Paul Panting (voice, HHB): BBC Radio Tales of Narnia


  • Simon Adams (voice, young), Nicholas Barnes (voice, adult): LWW TV animated film, 1979







  • Edward McMurray: LWW TV series, 1967
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