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Professor Digory Kirke (1888–1949) was a man from London who had travelled to Narnia during his childhood. He was notable for being a famous learned man, a great traveller, and - out of the Friends of Narnia - one of the only two who witnessed both the creation and destruction of Narnia.
- 1 Before Narnia
- 2.2 London and Narnia
- 3 The Wardrobe
- 4 The Real Narnia
- 6 Personality
- 7 Adaptations
Digory was born as the only son of presumably wealthy parents - he once revealed that he had lived "all his life" in the country, had his own pony, and there was a river at the bottom of his home's garden.
Unfortunately, his mother, Mabel, later became ill with a chronic disease, and as his father had to go to India for work, Digory and Mabel had to move in with his Aunt Letty and Uncle Andrew (his mother's siblings), who lived in London , England . However, Digory hated it there, especially since Mabel seemed certain to die of her illness. In the midst of this, he managed to befriend a young girl named Polly Plummer , which led to his first trip to Narnia.
The Creation of Narnia
The magic rings used by Digory and Polly to travel between worlds.
As a young boy, Digory and Polly first visited Narnia by use of the magic rings . Digory's Uncle Andrew made sets of rings that allowed their wearers to travel to other worlds (of completely different universes) by first passing through the Wood Between the Worlds .
Uncle Andrew tricked Polly into trying a ring, then when she disappeared, he blackmailed Digory into going after her. After passing through the Wood Between the Worlds and finding Polly , they decided to jump into a pool at random, after first marking the pool that would lead them home.
The one that they chose led to a world called Charn , which had long since been destroyed of all life, save one.
Digory unwittingly broke an enchantment, by ringing a small bell , which accidentally released Charn 's former Empress, and its destroyer, Jadis (who later became known as the White Witch ).
After they released her, they tried to escape, but she followed the children back into the Wood. Though she was weak there, the Empress managed to arrive with Digory and Polly back in London.
London and Narnia
Jadis caused a good deal of commotion in the city before Digory, Polly, Andrew and Jadis, along with a cab driver and his horse , were transported to the newly born world of Narnia.
Because Digory had been the one who had brought Jadis, a great evil, into Narnia on the day of its birth, the world's creator, Aslan , sent him on a journey to help protect the land from her. He was sent to find an apple from a sacred tree , which would protect Narnia for centuries to come (exactly 898 years).
Upon his arrival at the Garden of Youth , he found that Jadis had followed him there, and had already eaten one of the trees' fruits, thus making herself immortal. She tried to persuade him to not plant the tree that would lead to her banishment; first by encouraging him to eat the fruit himself, telling him that it would grant him eternal life as well as endless youth, and they could control Narnia together. Second, to give the fruit to his dying mother instead, assuring him that it would cure her of her illness.
Fortunately, Digory was able to resist both temptations, and even rebuffed her angrily. After his refusal, Jadis immediately set out toward the north, far from Narnia.
After he returned with the apple, Digory planted it, and it and grew into a magical tree called The Tree of Protection .
For his courage and his successful resistance towards of Jadis' temptations, Aslan gave Digory a piece of the fruit from the first tree to take back with him to Earth for his bedridden mother. Just like how Aslan had promised, the fruit healed his mother of her illness, and she lived to a ripe old age.
When the fruit was eaten to its core, Digory took the core and planted it in his yard. The tree grew just as well as its sister tree in Narnia, and seemed to have a link to the other tree - it sometimes moved when there was no wind...at least not in London. The tree was eventually blown down and its wood was used to build a wonderful Wardrobe .
The wardrobe Digory had crafted from the felled apple tree.
Decades later, when Digory had become known as Professor Kirke, his wardrobe became the door by which Lucy , Edmund , Peter and Susan Pevensie made their first journey into Narnia.
When Lucy told the others about her visit to Narnia, Digory was quick to believe her - perhaps recalling his own trip to that world - and after an argument with Lucy over Narnia's existence, which disturbed Mrs. Macready, he persuaded Peter and Susan to believe that Lucy was telling the truth. The Tree of Protection had by then long since been destroyed, giving Jadis free reign over the world, until the Pevensies helped to vanquish her.
Some time later, Professor Kirke moved from his large country estate to a very small home, where he tutored Peter Pevensie. Periodically, the three younger ones (Susan, it was said, no longer believed in Narnia), along with their cousin Eustace Scrubb , Jill Pole and Polly, would get together to talk about their adventures in Narnia. It was at a time such as this that Tirian , the current king of Narnia, came to them like a ghost to ask for help.
The Real Narnia
Feeling that the spectre they had seen was surely Narnian, the six of them knew they had to find a way to get back. Digory suggested that the only way was to use the rings his uncle made years ago. Peter and Edmund were tasked to retrieve the rings while the other four took a trip by train to meet them. However, this led to the railway accident, which took the lives of all six. They did not know that they were dead, for they woke up, as it were, in Narnia.
As the final battle came to its conclusion, bringing with it the destruction of the Shadowlands and the reunion of all good Narnians in the true Narnia, Digory and the other Friends would live forever in Aslan's Country with him.
He was 12 in "The Magician's Nephew" as well as in Narnia in "The Last Battle", 52 in "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" and 61 in "The Last Battle".
In his advanced age, Digory would occasionally express his incredulity at the ignorance of his young friends by remarking on subjects, such as Plato , that he would have expected to be taught in schools.
- In the 1967 version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , Digory was portrayed by Jack Woolgar.
- In the 1979 version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , Digory was voiced by Leo McKern.
- In the 1988 version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , Digory was portrayed by Michael Aldridge.
- In the 2005 Disney film, Digory was portrayed by Jim Broadbent .
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Narnia – Ghost Town Review
Opener, “Rebel,” is a stereotypical Narnia track. It begins with a big, power-metal intro that gives way to some tasty riffage. The neoclassical solo work on the back half is impressive if predictable. And, of course, the chorus is a hooking beauty that never gets boring—no matter how many times it repeats. But, like all Narnia releases, there are moments of diversity throughout. “Thief” uses low verses to counter the swooning chorus, “Hold On” explores Dream Evil territories, and the vocals in the back-to-back “Alive” and “Modern Day Pharisees” add a punching emphasis to the guitars. There’s no question of Christian Rivel-Liljegren’s talent at the mic, and he continues to deliver on this new album.
As far as the songwriting goes, there are various riffs to explore. A couple of the best tracks are the back-to-back “Hold On” and “Glory Daze.” The first is a big, bluesy rocker that treads the line between banging your head and tapping your foot. And whenever I hear it, I almost give in to the lyrics and “Hold on/Hold onto the cross.” “Glory Daze” takes its predecessor’s formula and kicks it up a notch, delivering cruising riffs that support the chorus nicely. I’d be all over this track if it wasn’t for that cringey key solo on the backend. But where the keys really lend a hand on Ghost Town is on the addictive title track. The keys do a fantastic job of supporting the guitars as this kickin’ piece transitions into a chorus ala Kamelot .
Unfortunately, the album contains a few tracks meant to break up the pace but, instead, ruin it. “Thief” is hammocking between the solid “Rebel” and fun “Hold On,” single-handedly killing the moment in the first few minutes of the album. Its alternating low to passionate vocals result in one of the songs I skip over. Another is the sappy “Descension.” It’s much like the slower-to-mid-pace character of Dream Theater —vocals and all. Unfortunately, it goes nowhere and does little to contribute to the album. Lastly, “Modern Day Pharisees” starts strong but doesn’t last. Once the piano kicks in toward the end, everything they created that led to this moment collapses.
After a few listens, Ghost Town continues where 2019’s From Darkness to Light left off. Compared to Narnia , Ghost Town packs in the same amount of fun-loving power metal but with ten extra minutes. Narnia had the right balance of heavy and melodic in a sleek thirty-eight-minute package. But the band appears to embrace the “more the merrier” philosophy. I’m not going to bash on length 1 but when there aren’t a lot of surprises around the corner, it’s difficult to stay focused. That said, Ghost Town is no dud. There’s plenty here to enjoy—even if you have to jump around.
Rating: 2.5/5.0 DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 270 kb/s mp3 Label: Self-Release Websites: narnia.bandcamp.com | narniatheband.com | facebook.com/narniatheband Releases Worldwide: March 17th, 2023
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THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' over 16 years later
- "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" premiered nearly 17 years ago.
- Young stars like Georgie Henley and William Moseley went on to more roles after the film series.
- Plenty of the supporting cast is still working in Hollywood today, including Tilda Swinton.
Georgie Henley went on to a few smaller projects after playing Lucy Pevensie.
Henley's first professional acting role was in "The Chronicles of Narnia." She appeared on BBC's "Jane Eyre" miniseries in between filming the two "Narnia" sequels.
Later, she appeared in "Perfect Sisters" (2014), "The Sisterhood of Night" (2014), and "Access All Areas" (2017).
Her latest role was on Starz's "The Spanish Princess."
William Moseley has worked consistently since playing Peter Pevensie.
Moseley appeared in uncredited roles in two TV movies before joining the cast of the hit fantasy film.
The British actor returned for the two "Narnia" sequels, and afterward, he starred in films like "Run" (2013), "Margarita With a Straw" (2014), "The Veil" (2017), and "The Little Mermaid" (2018).
He also played Prince Liam on E!'s "The Royals."
Moseley recently appeared in "Artemis Fowl" (2020), and his latest film, "Land of Dreams," is set to play at Tribeca Film Festival later this month.
Skandar Keynes has only appeared in a few projects outside of playing Edmund Pevensie.
Keynes starred in a televised production of "Macbeth" with the Royal Shakespeare Company as a child, according to CBS .
He also appeared in a BBC documentary and a TV movie before starring in "Narnia" at the age of 14.
After filming the two sequels, Keynes hasn't returned to acting, per his IMDb page.
He attended Cambridge and went on to work in politics.
Anna Popplewell appeared in a few movies and a couple of miniseries before starring as Susan Pevensie.
Popplewell starred in "The Little Vampire" (2000), "Me Without You" (2001), and "Girl With a Pearl Earring" (2003) before she landed a leading role in "Narnia."
After the sequels, she starred on a web series based on the popular "Halo" video-game franchise . The actor also appeared in "Freak of Nature" (2015) and starred on The CW's "Reign."
More recently, Popplewell lent her voice to the QCode podcast series "The Left Right Game" alongside Tessa Thompson and appeared in "You Are Here" (2019).
James McAvoy went on to a stellar career in Hollywood after playing the kind Mr. Tumnus.
McAvoy worked on several TV series and movies before "Narnia," including HBO's "Band of Brothers" and BBC's "Shameless."
His acting career really took off after playing Mr. Tumnus, who only appeared in the first film of the trilogy. The actor starred in "Wanted" (2008), "Atomic Blonde" (2017), "Glass" (2019), and "It Chapter Two" (2019).
He's also played a younger Charles Xavier/Professor X in several "X-Men" films .
In 2022, he played himself in Judd Apatow's Netflix comedy "The Bubble," and he has a recurring role on HBO's "His Dark Materials."
Tilda Swinton lent her star status as the White Witch and continued to have a strong career afterward.
Swinton had several credits under her belt before "Narnia," including "Edward II" (1991), "Vanilla Sky" (2001), and "Constantine" (2005).
She went on to win an Oscar for her role in "Michael Clayton" (2008) and continued to star in both blockbusters and independent movies, including the "Narnia" sequels.
The actor appeared in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (2011), "Snowpiercer" (2013), and "The Souvenir" films, in which she acted with her daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne.
She's appeared in a number of Wes Anderson films, including "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014), "Isle of Dogs" (2018), and "The French Dispatch" (2021).
She also plays The Ancient One in the Marvel Cinematic Universe .
Kiran Shah played other fantasy characters before and after "Narnia"
Shah played Ginarrbrik, the White Witch's accomplice, in "Narnia."
Before landing the role, he appeared in "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983), "Black Beauty" (1994), and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001).
He didn't return for the "Narnia" sequels, but the actor went on to "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012) and several more "Star Wars" films.
Liam Neeson was already a star before voicing Aslan in "The Chronicles of Narnia."
Neeson was well known for "Schindler's List" (1993), "Les Misérables" (1998), "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999) , "Love Actually" (2003), and "Batman Begins" (2005) before his iconic voice role in all three "Narnia" movies.
He went on to star in plenty of action movies, like the "Taken" trilogy, "The A-Team" (2010), "The Grey" (2011), and "The Commuter" (2018).
He also appeared in "Silence" (2016), "Widows" (2018), and "The Ice Road" (2021).
More recently, he joined the cast of Channel 4's "Derry Girls" for its final season.
Jim Broadbent has had a prolific career before and after starring as Professor Kirke.
Broadbent has spent the majority of his career performing in British productions, movies, and TV series. He had a number of performances under his belt before "Narnia," including "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (1987), the "Bridget Jones" films, "Moulin Rouge" (2001), and "Iris" (2001), which earned him an Oscar.
After "Narnia," Broadbent appeared in "Hot Fuzz" (2007), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009) , "The Iron Lady" (2011), and "Cloud Atlas" (2012).
He also reprised his role in "Bridget Jones's Baby" (2016), joined the star-studded cast of the popular live-action "Paddington" films, and voiced a character on BBC's "Teletubbies."
More recently, Broadbent appeared in "Dolittle" (2020) and "A Boy Called Christmas" (2021).
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- Celebration Mon, Sep 2, 2019
- Fallen asleep Tue, Sep 3, 2019
- I can't tell you Wed, Sep 4, 2019
- Questions Thu, Sep 5, 2019
- You've been warned Fri, Sep 6, 2019
- Scared Fri, Sep 6, 2019
- Fallen ill Sat, Sep 7, 2019
- Jadis' plan Mon, Sep 9, 2019
- He'll be fine Tue, Sep 10, 2019
- Decision Wed, Sep 11, 2019
- In the morning Thu, Sep 12, 2019
- Nice try Fri, Sep 13, 2019
- In control Sat, Sep 14, 2019
- You could never hurt us Sun, Sep 15, 2019
- Don't listen to her Mon, Sep 16, 2019
- Can't sleep Tue, Sep 17, 2019
- In the middle of the night Wed, Sep 18, 2019
- Okay Thu, Sep 19, 2019
- A horrible change of plan Fri, Sep 20, 2019
- I'm alright Sat, Sep 21, 2019
- You don't know what it's like Mon, Sep 23, 2019
- Cry Tue, Sep 24, 2019
- At lunch Wed, Sep 25, 2019
- Another dream Fri, Sep 27, 2019
- Riddle Sat, Sep 28, 2019
- Not Him Sun, Sep 29, 2019
- I told you Sun, Sep 29, 2019
- I'll be by your side Mon, Sep 30, 2019
- Punishment Tue, Oct 1, 2019
- Wait Wed, Oct 2, 2019
- The Fox Thu, Oct 3, 2019
- Come on Peter Fri, Oct 4, 2019
- Solved Fri, Oct 4, 2019
- A bad feeling Sat, Oct 5, 2019
- No matter what Sun, Oct 6, 2019
- Too late Mon, Oct 7, 2019
- I won't hurt you Mon, Oct 7, 2019
- Kill him Tue, Oct 8, 2019
- Distract Wed, Oct 9, 2019
- I can't lose him Thu, Oct 10, 2019
- Breathe Fri, Oct 11, 2019
- A long wait Sat, Oct 12, 2019
- Missed you Sun, Oct 13, 2019
- We love you too Mon, Oct 14, 2019
- Epilogue Tue, Oct 15, 2019
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Diametrically opposed posters: narnia & ghost rider.
I'm looking forward to upcoming films Chronicles of Narnia and Ghost Rider.
Funny how both these posters came out on the same day considering the main characters are about as opposite to each other as you can get. :-)
Click on the small image for a larger version of both the Chronicles of Narnia and Ghost Rider posters.
I'm looking forward to Chronicles of Narnia and as far as Ghost Rider goes, I always enjoy Nicholas Cage in whatever role he happens to play.