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Prince Caspian, the Return to Narnia

Prince Caspian, The Return to Narnia is a children novel by C.S Lewis. In this novel, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie went back to Narnia in order to help the purported prince to claim his power and restore the land to its former magic. Upon the siblings return to Narnia, they find themselves in the ruin of their old castle, Cair Paravel. Over a millennium has passed on Narnia between the time they last went home at the end of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, and their return. This happened during their last visit, which is when they reigned as kings and queens well into adulthood before returning to England as children, with no ...view middle of the document...

Then they discovered the treasure chamber where Peter's sword and shield, Susan’s bow and arrows, and Lucy’s bottle of magical cordial and dagger are stored. Susan's horn for summoning help is missing, however, as she left it in the woods the day they returned to England after their first visit to Narnia. Although only a year has passed in England, many long years have evidently passed in Narnia.

Then, there is one night they happen to rescue Trumpkin the dwarf from soldiers who bring him to the ruins to drown him. Trumpkin tells the children that since their disappearance some 1300 years ago, a race of men called Telmarines have attacked Narnia and makes the talking beasts into the wilderness and pushing even their memory underground. Narnia is then ruled by King Miraz and his wife Queen Prunaprismia. But the rightful king is Miraz's young nephew, Prince Caspian, who has gained the support of the Old Narnians.

Miraz had take over the throne by killing his own brother, Caspian's father King Caspian IX, Miraz tolerated Caspian as heir until his own son was born. Prince Caspian, until that point ignorant of his uncle's evil deeds, escaped with the aid of his tutor, Doctor Cornelius, who had schooled him in the lore of Old Narnia, and who gives him in parting Queen Susan's horn. Caspian flees into the forest but is knocked unconscious when his horse bolts. He awakes in the den of a talking badger, Trufflehunter, and two dwarfs, Nikabrik and Trumpkin, who accept Caspian as their king.

The badger and dwarves take Caspian to meet many creatures of Old Narnia. They gather for a council at midnight on Dancing Lawn. Doctor Cornelius arrives to warn them of the approach of King Miraz and his army. But the Telmarines follow the Narnians and after several battle the Narnians appear close to defeat. At a second war council, they discuss whether to use Queen Susan's horn, and whether it will bring Aslan or the Pevensies. Not knowing where help will arrive, they dispatch Pattertwig to Lantern Waste and Trumpkin to Cair Paravel, and it is then that Trumpkin is captured by the Telmarines and rescued by the Pevensies.

Peter challenges Miraz to single combat; the army of the victor in this...

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