The Lion, the Witch and the Replicas
By Dan Reany
700 Club Producer
CBN.com The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe roared into theaters in December. But outside of Narnia, the latest in a line of film props from Master Replicas came available to Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve weeks before the theatrical release.
The MR line focuses on the gifts given to Peter, Lucy, and Susan by Father Christmas shortly before the great battle.
The star of the Narnia line is sure to be the full scale replica of Peter’s sword, which features a lion head pommel in brass, leather wrapped grip, and a blade engraved with the inscription, “When Aslan bares his teeth, Winter meets its death.”
A 1/6 scale model of Peter’s sword and shield is also available, as is a letter opener version that comes with a lion head stand.
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth, weapons are practically characters unto themselves, but in Lewis’ realm of Narnia the Christmas gifts are more symbolic of each child’s attributes and personality.
Lucy’s dagger and cordial embody her innocence, caring, and bravery.
He gave her a little bottle of what looked like glass (but people said afterward that it was made of diamond) and a small dagger. “In this bottle,” he said, “there is a cordial made of the juice of one of the fireflowers that grow in the mountains of the sun. If you or any of your friends is hurt, a few drops of this will restore them. And the dagger is to defend yourself at great need. For you also are not to be in the battle.”
“Why, sir?” said Lucy. “I think – I don’t know – but I think I could be brave enough.”
Susan is given an ivory horn, a bow, and quiver of arrows. Though in the book they are not even used in the final battle, the set represents her “transformation from stoic child to gentle queen,” as the MR web site puts it.
Peter’s sword and shield symbolize his strength and courage.
“That, O Man,” said Aslan, “is Cair Paravel of the four thrones, in one of which you must sit as King. I show it to you because you are the firstborn and you will be High King over all the rest.”
And once more Peter said nothing, for at that moment a strange noise woke the silence suddenly. It was like a bugle, but richer.
“It is your sister’s horn,” said Aslan to Peter in a low voice; so low as to be almost a purr, if it is not disrespectful to think of a lion purring.
For a moment Peter did not understand. Then, when he saw all the other creatures start forward and heard Aslan say with a wave of his paw, “Back! Let the Prince win his spurs,” he did understand, and set off running as hard as he could to the pavilion. And there he saw a dreadful sight.
As with their Lord of the Rings work, designers with Weta Workshop faced the challenge of taking the Narnia props out of the dusty pages of a timeworn tale, and putting them on the silver screen. Though Tolkien’s books were far more verbose than Lewis’, which were intended for a younger audience, neither provides much in the way of design detail when it comes to weapons.
The shield was the color of silver and across it there ramped a red lion, as bright as a ripe strawberry at the moment when you pick it. The hilt of the sword was of gold and it had a sheath and a sword belt and everything it needed, and it was just the right size and weight for Peter to use.
Master Replicas modeled the pieces in the Narnia line after the Weta originals. Each of the scale models comes with a prop story, certificate of authenticity, and a display box.
It is interesting to note that besides Peter’s sword, the only other full scale replica is of the White Witch’s wand, which of all the weapons is perhaps the most prominent, or at least the most often brought into play. She wields the wand repeatedly, and uses it mercilessly in the final battle until her confrontation with a redeemed Edmund.
It is also noteworthy that Edmund is the only Son of Adam or Daughter of Eve not to receive a Christmas gift. But in essence, he receives the greatest gift of all, Aslan’s Christ-like sacrifice for his sins, and the Great Lion’s forgiveness – gifts which are rather difficult to scale down for display in a collector’s keepsake box.
When the other children woke up next morning (they had been sleeping on piles of cushions in the pavilion) the first thing they heard – from Mrs. Beaver – was that their brother had been rescued and brought into camp late last night, and was at that moment with Aslan. As soon as they had breakfasted they all went out, and there they saw Aslan and Edmond walking together in the dewy grass, apart from the rest of the court. There is no need to tell you (and no one ever heard) what Aslan was saying, but it was a conversation which Edmund never forgot.
Whatever your personal circumstances, Christ wants to have a conversation, and a relationship, with you.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Just as Aslan came to the Pevensie children in Narnia, Christ stands at the door and knocks. Will you open the door and invite him in?
Learn how you can open the door to Christ in your life
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