Ramandu

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Bio Info

Title: Ramandu, Star at Rest

Age: Very, very old, but growing younger every day

Species: A star

Home: Ramandu's Island

Physical Description: An old man, straight, tall, mild, and grave, with a silver beard that hangs down to his feet and silver hair down to his heels. He also seems to emit light.

First Appearance: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Ch. 14 (1952)


Appearances

~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ~ (1952)

Ramandu is a star at rest who lives on the island at the beginning of the World’s End. The Narnians first meet the retired star when he and his daughter greet the dawn. His mild and grave manner immediately sparks respect in the company. Ramandu and his daughter greet the sun with a song, calling birds that descend upon Aslan’s Table and eat the food so that it may be renewed. One of the birds places something that looks like a fruit or a live coal in Ramandu's mouth. Ramandu explains later that it is a fire-berry from the valleys of the Sun that he eats every day to take away a little of his age. Ramandu holds the key to awaken the three sleeping Narnian lords that sit at Aslan’s Table. He tells the company that they must travel further East and leave one of their number behind to go on and never return. Also, he offers sleep without dreams to the broken Lord Rhoop while the others sail on. When Caspian and his men return to the island, the sleepers have awoken and Ramandu must bid farewell to his daughter as she leaves to marry Caspian.


About Ramandu

Ramandu is a wise old star who is at rest from his part in the Great Dance of the stars in the sky. His very presence is calming and restful. Ramandu is patient as the fire-berries that the birds bring him slowly make him younger day by day. Ramandu treats the failings of others — such as Coriakin's crime and the passionate quarrel of the three remaining Narnian lords — with forbearance and humility. It is clear that Aslan trusts Ramandu greatly, for his island holds in honor the stone knife that killed the Great Lion on the Stone Table in Narnia.


Inspiration

Though there is no direct inspiration known for this character, Ramandu is very much like the stock character of the old, wise, holy hermit in medieval literature who gives the hero the information he needs to achieve his quest. Taking into account Lewis' love for medieval literature and the quest plot of the story, it seems plausible to see Ramandu as a type of that recurring medieval character.


Quotes

  • "And no wonder, for the days when I was a star had ceased long before any of you knew this world, and all the constellations have changed." (VDT, Ch. 14)
  • "Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it is made of." (VDT, Ch. 14)
  • "In this island there is sleep without stint or measure, and sleep in which no faintest footfall of a dream was ever heard." (VDT, Ch. 14)


Portrayals

  • Martin Friend: Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002


  • Geoffrey Bayldon: BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • John Turner: BBC Radio Tales of Narnia
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