The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
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And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different. Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something to you which you don't understand but in the dream it feels as if it had some enormous meaning—either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again. It was like that now. At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in his inside. (7.35)
The power of Aslan's name immediately stirs intense and almost indescribable spiritual feelings for the children.
"Aslan a man!" said Mr. Beaver sternly. "Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don't you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion." (8.22)
Narnian mythology suggests that the great Lion Aslan has a strange and powerful father, the "Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea," who remains mysterious but sounds totally awesome.
"Down at Cair Paravel – that's the castle on the sea coast down at the mouth of this river which ought to be the capital of the whole country if all was as it should be – down at Cair Paravel there are four thrones and it's a saying in Narnia time out of mind that when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve sit in those four thrones, then it will be the end not only of the White Witch's reign but of her life. (8.41)
The arrival of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy in Narnia is not a mere accident or a convenient occurrence. Instead, it is the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, with deep spiritual overtones for good Narnians like the Beavers.