But now, I am about to blow your mind.
Part of the Narnia stories are based on The Snow Queen.
I know. Crazy.
Let me show you.
Recognize her from the movie version? It’s the White Witch. AKA The Snow Queen.
I promise I won’t go all literary analysis-English major on you, I just wanted to share a little bit about how one of my favorite “adaptations” of The Snow Queen happens to be from my favorite-ist, story every.
Think about it. In part two of The Snow Queen, “A Little Boy and A Little Girl” we meet Gerda and Kay(i) two best friends who dearly love each other, but something happens to little Kay and coldness comes between them. In fact, it is in this story that he meets the Queen herself as she sweeps in on her sled and goes with her to her ice kingdom where he is trapped because his heart has turned to ice.
Enter Narnia: Gerda = Lucy, Kay = Edmund Not best friends, but siblings. After playing together, Edmund does not believe Lucy has gone to another world, and teases her in a mean manner. Suddenly, they both end up in Narnia, but Edmund goes off and meets the White Witch/Queen of Narnia (Snow Queen) as she is traveling across the country on her sled. She corrupts him and then takes him with her to her ice palace where she plans to enslave him.
The next several stories in The Snow Queen feature Gerda going after and searching for Kay. Lucy, along with her siblings, venture off to save Edmund as well.
Finally, the ending of both stories find Kay and Edmund saved and the Snow Queen/White Witch destroyed.
Both tales are allegorical in nature in that their “lesson” of good and evil is the story of Christ and Satan.
Ultimately, C.S. Lewis might not have based his story off of Andersen’s The Snow Queen, but I see so many parallels between the original fairy tale and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. In fact, come Friday and my review of Breadcrumbs and there might just be another connection to Narnia.
I’m telling you… I can find Narnia in anything. After all, I credit a magical wardrobe for my love of fantastical stories.
Book Talk: What do you think? If you’ve read both tales, can you see the parallels? Did you ever make the connection before now?