Rilian

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Titles: Prince Rilian, King Rilian the Disenchanted

Age: 31

Species: Son of Adam, Narnian

Home: Cair Paravel (the Underland for 10 years)

Physical Description: Fair hair, a handsome appearance, and a bold yet kind expression, but while under enchantment there is something about his face that is not right

Tools: A sword and a shield with a Lion on it

First Appearance: The Silver Chair, Ch. 4 (1953), first mentioned in Ch. 2


Appearances

~ The Silver Chair ~ (1953)

Prince Rilian, his mother, and several other Narnians go out for a picnic one spring afternoon. After a time the Queen grows tired and decides to rest a short distance away from the group. Suddenly Rilian hears her cry out and when he rushes to her side he sees a green serpent gliding away in the grass. The Queen has been bitten by that snake and dies from its poison. Rilian, wild with grief, vows to avenge his mother's death and rides out every day looking for the worm to slay it. One day, after his father's friend Drinian has seen the green Lady with Rilian, the Prince rides out once again but does not return to the castle that night. He is not seen again for over ten years until Jill, Eustace, and Puddleglum meet him with the Lady of the Green Kirtle. At this meeting he is wearing a full suit of armor and they do not recognize him. When the three travelers are brought to see the Queen of the Underland, Rilian insists on speaking with them. As they talk, Rilian reveals that the Earthmen are digging to the surface and he is to ride out, slay the ruler of the land above, and proclaim himself king. He will also take the green Lady (whom he refers to as his savior) as his wife and queen. After dinner he tells them that “his hour” is near and the Earthmen will come to bind him to the Silver Chair. Whatever happens, he warns them, they must not set him free. However, while bound to the chair, Rilian in his ravings cries out to them to free him in the name of Aslan. This fulfills the fourth Sign, and at great risk, they release Rilian from the chair and the enchantment is broken. Rilian destroys the chair and they make plans to escape, but are discovered by the Queen of the Underland. Her attempt to re-enchant them is unsuccessful, and in her fury she transforms into the same serpent that killed Rilian's mother. Rilian and the others slay the serpent and return to Narnia. Rilian arrives in time to see his father Caspian just before the old king dies.

~ The Last Battle ~ (1956)

Rilian is there to welcome the friends of Narnia at the final reunion.





About Rilian

Rilian is a brave and honorable knight whose chivalry toward women is his defining attribute, but also his most vulnerable point. Out of devotion to his mother he dedicates himself to avenging her death, and as he attempts this he is lured into dangerous enchantment by the Lady of the Green Kirtle. He is then imprisoned in the Underland for ten years, during which he has only one hour a day in which he knows his true self. The rest of the time he spends as the witless and enchanted “pawn” of the powerful Queen of the Underland, who is using him to gain control of Narnia. Even after the Witch has tried to kill them and they have vanquished her, Rilian says, "Yet I am glad, gentlemen, that the foul Witch took to her serpent form at the last. It would not have suited well either with my heart or with my honor to have slain a woman." Rilian displays true courage as they make their escape from the Underland, and his adventurous spirit is stirred by a glimpse of the land of Bism below Underland. He wishes to travel there, but he follows his duty of returning to his ailing father Caspian.


Quotes

  • "If you were not so young a warrior, Boy, you and I must have fought to the death on this quarrel. I can hear no words against my Lady's honour." (SC, Ch. 10)
  • "But fie on gravity! Is it not the most comical and ridiculous thing in the world to think of them all going about their business and never dreaming that under their peaceful fields and floors, only a fathom down, there is a great army ready to break out upon them like a fountain!" (SC, Ch. 11)
  • "Once and for all, I adjure you to set me free. By all fears and all loves, by the bright skies of Overland, by the great Lion, by Aslan himself, I charge you—" (SC, Ch. 11)
  • "We have all been dreaming, these last few minutes. How could we have forgotten it? Of course we've all seen the sun." (SC, Ch. 12)
  • "Courage, friends. Whether we live or die Aslan will be our good lord." (SC, Ch. 14)


Portrayals

  • Jamie Glover: Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002


  • Richard Henders: BBC TV series, 1988 – 1990







  • Aden Gillet: BBC Radio Tales of Narnia
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