We’ve reached the Letter N on the A to Z Blog Challenge and have arrived in Narnia.
I venture to say that most of you reading this little post are familiar with the maps of Narnia and the author of The Chronicles, C. S. Lewis. The art and the maps of the original The Chronicles of Narnia are what many of us picture in our minds when we think of the magical world beyond the wardrobe.
J.R.R. Tolkien was impressed with the art of Pauline Baynes (1922-1908) who illustrated his books, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Smith of Wootton Major. They became friends and Tolkien recommended that she illustrate the books written by Lewis beginning with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Baynes was well suited to map illustrations as she had worked in the British Ministry of Defense map-making department during WWII drafting maps and designing camouflage. Baynes based her maps on sketches Lewis sent to her. The original is in the Bodelian Library.
Click here to see different covers of The Chronicles of Narnia over the years. Which are most familiar to you?
It has been a long time since I’ve read The Chronicles of Narnia. Perhaps it’s time to visit these classics.