I’m reading the Narnia series with my six-year-old twins.
We’re on the last two chapters of Prince Caspian, which will result in our second “Narnia Night,” as we watch the corresponding movie this Wednesday, which is, coincidentally, the eve of the anniversary of the day C.S. Lewis died (November 22, 1963).
When the Pevensie children return to Narnia in Prince Caspian they discover that a great amount of time has lapsed from their previous journeys. The place of Alsan’s sacrifice, and glorious resurrection, is covered over by earth and is referred to as “Aslan’s How.” A “how” is synonymous with the archeological term “tell,” which simply means a hill that covers up a previous spot of historical significance.
The tell, or how, is itself a marker of the past, but it also obscures, or hides, the original point of interest. The years have had a similar effect upon Lewis as the Narnian landscape covering Aslan’s stone. One must dig a bit deeper in order to unearth history.
To be continued.