Species: Black Dwarf
Home: A comfortable cave in the ground in the forest, southwest of the Stone Table
Physical Description: Black hair and beard
Tools: A dagger
First Appearance: Prince Caspian, Ch. 5 (1951)
~ Prince Caspian ~ (1951)Miraz's reign. When Caspian, the rightful king of Narnia, is knocked unconscious outside his home, Nikabrik is forced to help take care of the wounded prince. Nikabrik is distrustful of all humans, and when he learns that Caspian is not only a Telmarine but also the nephew of King Miraz, he tries to kill Caspian on the spot (but is prevented by Trumpkin and Trufflehunter). Once they have convinced Nikabrik that Caspian is on their side, he accompanies Trumpkin and Trufflehunter as they take Caspian to meet other Old Narnians in hiding. Nikabrik makes it clear that he believes in anything or anyone that will rid Narnia of the Telmarines: Aslan OR the White Witch. After the Narnians suffer many defeats at Aslan's How and Susan's Horn appears to have failed, Nikabrik concocts his own plan. Nikabrik invites two of his "friends" — a Hag and a Wer-Wolf — to the council, and suggests that they use black sorcery, calling up the White Witch to defeat Miraz. When the Wer-Wolf mentions preparing the blue fire, a fight breaks out between Nikabrik's group and Caspian, Doctor Cornelius, and Trufflehunter. At that moment, Peter, Edmund, and Trumpkin, who had been listening outside the door, rush in to help. During the fighting in the dark, Nikabrik is killed, though no one knows who killed him. Caspian says, "I am sorry for Nikabrik, though he hated me from the first moment he saw me. He had gone sour inside from long suffering and hating. If we had won quickly he might have become a good Dwarf in the days of peace."
Having lived in hiding for all of his life, Nikabrik is exceedingly bitter about the wrongs done to the Old Narnians. His prideful anger makes him willing to enlist the help of anyone or anything that will liberate Narnia from Miraz's rule. He justifies the cruelty of the White Witch by answering sulkily that she did not mistreat the Dwarfs. Nikabrik's misguided and fanatical devotion leads him to believe he can combat one evil by harnessing and using another. Unlike Trumpkin, whose practicality only causes him to disbelieve the stories about Aslan, Nikabrik illustrates the dangers of the philosophy that "the end justifies the means."
- "You two think you've done it a great kindess by not letting me kill it. But I suppose the upshot is that we have to keep it a prisoner for life. I'm certainly not going to let it go alive—to go back to its own kind and betray us all." (PC, Ch. 5)
- "I'll believe in anyone or anything that'll batter these cursed Telmarine barbarians to pieces or drive them out of Narnia. Anyone or anything, Aslan or the White Witch, do you understand?" (PC, Ch. 6)
- "Pah! A renegade Dwarf. A half-and-halfer! Shall I pass my sword through its throat?" (PC, Ch. 7)
- "I won't go. With all these Humans and beasts about, there must be a Dwarf here to see that the Dwarfs are fairly treated." (PC, Ch. 7)
- "To speak plainly, your wallet's empty, your eggs addled, your fish uncaught, your promises broken. Stand aside then and let others work." (PC, Ch. 12)
- "Aslan and the Kings go together. Either Aslan is dead, or he is not on our side. Or else something stronger than himself keeps him back. And if he did come—how do we know he'd be our friend?" (PC, Ch. 12)
Born: 3 February 1970
- Frank Topping: Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002
- Timothy Bateson: BBC Radio Tales of Narnia