Tirian

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Bio Info

Titles: King Tirian, the last King of Narnia

Age: 20 – 25

Species: Son of Adam, Narnian

Home: Cair Paravel

Physical Description: Tirian has blue eyes and a fearless, honest face; he is also broad-shouldered and strong

First Appearance: The Last Battle, Ch. 2 (1956)


Appearances

~ The Last Battle ~ (1956)

King Tirian and his friend Jewel the Unicorn are rejoicing over the news that the Lion, Aslan, has returned to Narnia. Their joy is short-lived however, when Roonwit the Centaur tells them that there is no sign of Aslan's return amongst the stars, and the stars never lie. Not only that, but the stars tell of some great evil hanging over Narnia. As they are speaking, a dryad runs into their midst crying that her brother and sister trees are being felled. Before she can finish, her tree is cut down and she dies. Tirian and Jewel immediately start a journey through the forest where they find a large logging project underway and two Calormenes whipping a Talking Horse of Narnia. In their fury, they kill the two Calormenes. The Horse then tells them he is following Aslan's orders in submitting himself to such treatment. After hearing this, Tirian and Jewel give themselves up to the Calormenes, believing they have dishonored themselves. They are led before Shift the Ape, who tells the Narnians that Aslan and Tash are one and the same. Hearing this, Tirian begins to call Shift a liar and the Calormenes knock him unconscious. When Tirian awakes, he finds himself tied to a tree. When he calls on Aslan for aid, he has a vision of the Friends of Narnia from our world, but he is unable to speak to them. Just then Eustace and Jill arrive in Narnia and cut him free. They travel to a tower in the middle of the wood to collect armor and make plans to rescue Jewel. When they succeed in rescuing Jewel, Jill also manages to retrieve Puzzle the Donkey, who had been brought out from the stable every night dressed in a lion's skin to make the Narnians believe he was Aslan. When Tirian and the others come across a group of Calormenes leading some dwarfs off to slavery, they rescue the dwarfs. But the ungrateful dwarfs choose not to aid them (with the exception of Poggin). Tirian and the others are making plans to retake Narnia when Farsight the Eagle arrives to tell them that Cair Paravel has fallen and Narnia is no more. Tirian agrees with Jewel's determination to fight the Ape's unjust rule. There in front of the stable, the last battle of Narnia is fought. During the battle, Tirian seizes the Calormene commander, Rishda Tarkaan, and jumps through the stable door with him. There he meets Lord Digory and Lady Polly, High King Peter, King Edmund, Queen Lucy, Eustace, and Jill. They all witness night falling on Narnia and together make their way "further up and further in" to Aslan's country.


About Tirian

Tirian’s life seems a very ordinary one for a Narnian king; he rules the country well and defends it from its neighboring enemies such as Calormen. He has never seen Aslan and is overjoyed when he hears of the Lion's supposed return to Narnia. Tirian is a seasoned campaigner, and his soldier's training has enabled him to wake himself from a deep slumber at any time he chooses. Tirian is very practical, and once the shock of seeing Eustace and Jill from Narnian history is over, he quickly turns to the task at hand. Though faced with the fact that his country has fallen, Tirian courageously determines to fight in the last battle for Narnia. When he is greeted by Aslan, Aslan tells him, “Well done, last of the Kings of Narnian who stood firm at the darkest hour.”


Quotes

  • "Let me be killed. I ask nothing for myself. But come and save all Narnia." (LB, Ch. 4)
  • "Children! Children! Friends of Narnia! Quick. Come to me. Across the worlds I call you; I, Tirian, King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, and Emperor of the Lone Islands!" (LB, Ch. 4)
  • "Do you think I keep him in my wallet, fools? Who am I that I could make Aslan appear at my bidding? He's not a tame lion." (LB, Ch 7)
  • "Kiss me, Jewel. For certainly this is our last night on earth. And if ever I offended against you in any matter great or small, forgive me now." (LB, Ch. 9)
  • "But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan." (LB, Ch. 10)
  • "Sirs, the ladies do well to weep. See, I do so myself. I have seen my mother's death. What world but Narnia have I ever known? It were no virtue, but great discourtesy, if we did not mourn." (LB, Ch. 14)


Portrayals

  • Gwynn Beech: Focus on the Family Radio Theater, 1999 – 2002
  • Paul Rhys: BBC Radio Tales of Narnia
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