Lucy Pevensie

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Titles: Lu, Queen Lucy the Valiant

Age: 8 – 23 (LWW), 9 (PC), 10 (VDT), 22 (HHB), 17 (LB)

Species: Daughter of Eve

Home: London, England; Cair Paravel, Narnia

Physical Description: Golden-haired

Tools: A dagger and a healing cordial made from the juice of the fire-flowers that grow in the mountains of the sun

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


Appearances

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

Lucy and her three older siblings are sent to Professor Kirke's house in the country because of the air raids of World War II. While they are exploring the house, the children find an old wardrobe. Lucy steps through this magical wardrobe into a land called Narnia, where she meets Mr. Tumnus the Faun near a lamppost in a snowy wood. Lucy goes with Tumnus to his cave for tea, and falls asleep under the spell of his pipe. When she awakens, she finds the Faun crying, because he has only brought her to his home in order to hand her over to Narnia's tyrant, the White Witch. But Tumnus realizes he cannot give Lucy to the Witch, and they go secretly to the lamppost, where Lucy is able to return safely to our world. When she gets back, Lucy finds that no time has passed in our world, even though she had been gone for hours in Narnia. Her siblings do not believe her story until, hiding inside the wardrobe to escape a troop of visitors, they see Narnia for themselves. When Mr. Beaver mentions the name "Aslan" for the first time, Lucy gets "the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays." The children later meet Father Christmas, who presents Lucy with a dagger and a healing cordial. Lucy and Susan follow Aslan to the Stone Table where they witness His humiliation and death at the hands of the Witch. In the morning, after a night of grieving, the girls are there to hear the Stone Table crack and see Aslan after His resurrection. They ride on his back to the White Witch's castle to search for Narnians who had been turned to stone, so that Aslan could restore them to life. After the Battle of Beruna, Lucy uses her cordial to heal her brother Edmund and many other wounded Narnians. During her reign, she becomes known as Queen Lucy the Valiant.

~ The Horse and His Boy ~ (1954)

Queen Lucy is among the archers during the battle against Prince Rabadash of Calormen at the castle of Anvard in Archenland, the neighboring country and ally of Narnia. She takes an active role in making plans for the attack with King Edmund and Lord Peridan. After the battle, Lucy oversees the preparation of apartments in Anvard for the Calormene girl Aravis. She and Aravis like one another at once. Lucy is present at the trial of Rabadash, and sees the futility of trying to reason with the arrogant Prince. Later during the celebrations and feasting, Lucy tells how she and her siblings first came into Narnia through the wardrobe.


~ Prince Caspian ~ (1951)

The sounding of Queen Susan's enchanted horn pulls Lucy and her siblings from the platform of an English railway station into Narnia. Lucy feels that there is "some wonderful mystery hanging over this place," and the children soon realize that they are in the ruins of Cair Paravel. Inside the ancient treasure chamber, Lucy recovers her gifts and notices that Susan's horn is missing. After meeting Trumpkin and healing his arm with her cordial, Lucy and her siblings row up Glasswater Creek to find Caspian, the rightful king of Narnia. Lucy sees Aslan as they wander through the Black Woods, but only Edmund believes her. She meets the great Lion that same night and learns that He is visible only to her. He tells her that she must follow Him, even alone if necessary, and Lucy bravely tells her older siblings that she will be taking the path the Lion sets for her regardless of whether or not they accompany her. They reluctantly agree to follow her, and in time Aslan becomes visible to everyone. Lucy had been right, and soon the Lion leads them to Aslan's How where Caspian is waiting. While Peter, Edmund, and Trumpkin go to meet Caspian, Lucy stays with Susan and Aslan and takes part in a celebratory romp with Bacchus and Silenus. The next day, the two girls ride on Aslan's back as He liberates the rest of Narnia from Telmarine rule.

~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ~ (1952)

Lucy and Edmund are staying with their cousin Eustace for the summer holidays when a picture of a ship suddenly comes to life and pulls the three children into the scene. They climb aboard the ship, the Dawn Treader, and are reunited with King Caspian and Reepicheep the Mouse. Caspian had brought Lucy's cordial on this voyage from Narnia, and she uses one drop to cure Eustace's seasickness. Throughout the voyage Lucy is patient with her selfish cousin. She gives Eustace part of her water ration when the supply runs low, and is consistently kind to him even when he is insufferable. When they land on one of the Lone Islands, Lucy is among those captured by the slaver Pug. When Eustace becomes a dragon, Lucy is the only person brave enough to approach him. She is the first person to see Aslan at Deathwater Island, and this causes Edmund and Caspian to forget their dispute. At the Island of the Voices, the invisible creatures called Dufflepuds choose Lucy to go into a strange house to break the invisibility spell they had foolishly spoken for themselves. She summons her courage and ascends the stairs of the Magician's house to find his book of spells. When she speaks the visibility spell, she is startled when it makes Aslan, standing behind her, visible as well. Aslan introduces her to Coriakin the Magician, and she is pleasantly surprised to learn that he is not the terrifying figure the Dufflepuds had claimed. When the children reach the end of the voyage, Aslan tells Lucy and Edmund 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)

Lucy is one of seven friends of Narnia whom King Tirian sees in a vision. Later, she is sitting in a train in England with her parents, Professor Digory Kirke, "Aunt" Polly, Eustace, and Jill, when a railway accident occurs. Lucy and the others then meet Tirian inside a Narnian stable, where she helps to explain to him the events that had occurred. She also tries to convince a group of miserable Dwarfs that they were not really in a dirty old stable as they falsely believed. Lucy is moved to tears when night falls on Narnia and the stable door is closed forever. She goes "further up and further in" through the new world with the other friends of Narnia, and is reunited with Tumnus the Faun in Aslan's Country.


About Lucy

Lucy walks into the wardrobe simply because she loves the smell and feel of fur. Little does she know that this would lead her and her siblings to embark upon fantastic adventures. Lucy is known for her courage and unwavering trust in Aslan, and has more individual encounters with the Great Lion than any other character in the Chronicles. Perhaps the most memorable meeting between them was when they were reunited in Prince Caspian. Here, Lucy tells Aslan that she will do as He asks and tell the others to follow him, and the Lion tells her, "Now you are a lioness." In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, after reciting the spell to make things visible, Lucy is surprised to see that Aslan had become visible behind her. Later, as an albatross leads the Dawn Treader out of the horrors of the Dark Island, no one save Lucy hears it whisper, "Courage, dear heart" in Aslan's voice.


Inspiration

Lucy's name has two possible origins. The town called Narni in Italy (which was once called Narnia) is the birthplace of a popular local saint known as "Blessed Lucy of Narnia." C. S. Lewis's goddaughter was Lucy Barfield, to whom he dedicated The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. However, the character was modeled after Jill Flewett, a girl who lived with Lewis for a time during World War II. Flewett was a diligent girl, and Lewis and his brother soon grew to love her. She went on to study drama and become an actress, and remained friends with Lewis for the rest of his life.


Quotes

  • "This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!" (LWW, Ch. 1)
  • "You are the nicest faun I've ever met." (LWW, Ch. 2)
  • "I think—I don't know—but I think I could be brave enough." (LWW, Ch. 10)
  • "I've felt for hours that there was some wonderful mystery hanging over this place." (PC, Ch. 2)
  • "Oh, Trees, wake, wake, wake. Don't you remember it? Don't you remember me? Dryads and Hamadryads, come out, come to me." (PC, Ch. 9)
  • "Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now." (VDT, Ch. 12)
  • "In our world too, a Stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world." (LB, Ch. 13)


Portrayals

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

Born: 9 July 1995 "Georgie really is like Lucy, she’s like all innocent and she really is a little annoying at times." — Skandar Keynes "That’s what I like the most about her is she’s like me a lot." — Georgie Henley "Georgie Henley was just um, I knew from the moment I saw her tape that she was Lucy and I had looked at a lot of children by that stage. It was a moment where she was just so believable in her very first audition. She really takes on the role, she feels the character and she just goes with it. So to direct she’s incredible, she just this imaginative, funny, the wittiest nine-year-old I’ve ever met and just all those things I wanted Lucy to be." — Director Andrew Adamson



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

Born: 1988






  • Elizabeth Eaton (voice, young), Katy Glassborow (voice, adult): Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002


  • Sophie Wilcox: BBC TV series, 1989 – 1990







  • Juliet Waley (adult): BBC TV series, 1989 – 1990







  • Camilla Power (voice, LWW, PC), Ellie Beavan (voice, PC, VDT, LB): BBC Radio Tales of Narnia


  • Rachel Warren: LWW TV animated film, 1979







  • Elizabeth Crowther: LWW TV series, 1967
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