Maugrim

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Bio Info

Titles: Maugrim, Captain of the Secret Police; Maugrim, Chief of the Witch's Secret Police; Fenris Ulf (in American editions prior to 1994)

Age: Unknown

Species: Talking Wolf

Home: The White Witch's Castle

Physical Description: A great gray wolf

First Appearance: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ch. 9 (1950), first referenced in Ch. 6


Appearances

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

Maugrim is the chief of the White Witch's secret police. When the Witch learns that Tumnus helped Lucy escape instead of handing her over to the Witch, she orders Maugrim to arrest Tumnus and bring him to her. The Pevensies find the note left by Maugrim in Tumnus' cave and decide to try to rescue the Faun. Later when Edmund comes to the Witch's castle, he first thinks Maugrim is a stone wolf like the statues in the courtyard. But Maugrim surprises him by being alive and makes him wait outside while the wolf informs the Witch of his arrival. Maugrim returns shortly to invite Edmund inside. When the Witch learns that the other three Pevensies are with the Beavers, she sends Maugrim to the Beavers' Dam to kill anyone he finds there. When Maugrim reaches the dam he finds it empty, so he and another wolf track the children to the Stone Table. There Maugrim tries to attack Susan and Lucy, but Peter comes to their rescue. Aslan instructs the other Narnians nearby to let Peter fight Maugrim alone. After a brief struggle, Maugrim dies upon Peter's sword.


About Maugrim

Maugrim is the chief of the Witch’s secret police. This is a position of some responsibility, as the Witch expects him to fulfill her orders ruthlessly and efficiently. His decision to track the children after finding the Beavers' dam empty was most likely spurred by desperation at the thought of the Witch's anger at his failure. Maugrim is an interesting character because he has betrayed his fellow Narnians by serving the Witch. It would seem that his conscience is entirely dead, as he feels no remorse for his plans of killing the Pevensies and the Beavers and later attacks Susan and Lucy at the Narnian camp. His death at Peter's hand demonstrates the young king coming into his kingdom and striking down the servants of his enemy.


Inspiration

Though there are no clear precedents known for this character, it seems logical that Maugrim's role as the chief of the secret police was inspired at least partly by the secret police of Nazi Germany. Both the Gestapo and Maugrim's secret police force used covert, brutal tactics designed to strike terror into the hearts of the people and weaken any resistance to the will of the dictator.


Quotes

  • "I will tell Her Majesty. Meanwhile, stand still on the threshold, as you value your life." (LWW, Ch. 9)
  • "Come in! Come in! Fortunate favourite of the Queen—or else not so fortunate." (LWW, Ch. 9)


Portrayals

  • Michael Madsen (voice): Disney/Walden The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005

Born: 25 September 1958






  • Robert Benfield (voice): Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002


  • Martin Stone: BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • Steve Hodson (voice): BBC Radio Tales of Narnia


  • Uncredited: LWW TV animated film, 1979
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