Title: Hwin the Mare
Species: Talking Horse
Home: Born in Narnia, but captured at a young age and taken to Calavar in Calormen
Physical Description: A fine blood mare
First Appearance: The Horse and His Boy, Ch. 2 (1954)
~ The Horse and His Boy ~ (1954)Aravis' suicide and convinces her that they should escape to Narnia together. One night they are chased by lions and forced to meet Shasta and Bree. Hwin, who had been unsure of the way to Narnia, is glad when the four agree to make their escape together. During their journey, she proposes their disguises for the trip through Tashbaan. Her plan is deemed sensible though it mortifies Bree's pride to be made to look like a packhorse. After they cross the punishing desert, Hwin tries to keep the group going even though they are hungry and exhausted. Hwin does not have Bree's easy confidence that they will reach Anvard in time to warn the Archenlanders of Rabadash's pending attack. Though her reasons for urging speed are good, Hwin backs down when faced with Bree's condescending stubbornness. Hwin stays with Aravis and Bree at the Hermit's home while Shasta runs on ahead to warn King Lune of Archenland. They listen to the details of the attack on Anvard from the Hermit who is watching the battle through his pool. Hwin is the first to voice the idea of leaving the Hermit's home and begin making their way to Narnia. When Aslan appears, she immediately trots over to him even though she is shaking. After returning to Narnia, Hwin often visits Shasta and Aravis in Archenland. Hwin enjoys a happy marriage and lives to a great age.
~ The Last Battle ~ (1956)
Hwin is a gentle soul. She is very humble and easily put down, but extremely practical. When her mistress Aravis prepares to kill herself, Hwin interposes herself between the girl and her blade and reveals her ability to speak by begging Aravis to stop. When they need to get through the city of Tashbaan, Hwin has the idea to disguise the Horses as packhorses and the children as slaves. She is terrified when she meets Aslan for the first time, but it is a reverent fear. Aslan rewards her humble perseverance with high praise. Though she is meek and unassuming, Hwin is a brave and intelligent horse, and her practicality and kindness are invaluable to the group as they make their escape to Narnia. She is a much-loved character.
- "This is my escape just as much as it is yours." (HHB, Ch. 2)
- "I know it's not a very good plan, but I think it's our only chance." (HHB, Ch. 3)
- "I feel just like Bree that I can't go on. But when Horses have humans (with spurs and things) on their backs, aren't they often made to go on when they're feeling like this? And then they find they can. I m-mean—oughtn't we able to do more even, now that we're free? It's all for Narnia." (HHB, Ch. 9)
- "Please, you're so beautiful. You may eat me if you like. I'd sooner be eaten by you than fed by anyone else." (HHB, Ch. 14)
- Wendy Craig: Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002
- Fiona Shaw: BBC Radio Tales of Narnia