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  • Fauns, Beavers and Fur Coats

    by Fran Ota
    When Lucy backs her way through the wardrobe, she meets another being. Both are surprised and a little frightened. Mr. Tumnus is carrying a lot of packages which he drops as he darts to hide behind a tree trunk. He’s surprised to see a human girl in Narnia. Probably not more surprised than Lucy – for Mr. Tumnus is a faun…a mythological half human–half goat creature. He has the legs and tail of a goat and the head, arms and torso of a man, and very pointed ears. In fact, he’s a representation from the Greek pantheon of Gods, representing life and fertility. Fauns guided humans in need, although they were also depicted as being a little silly. They also were reputed to play magic pipes, as was the God for whom they were also named – Pan. Tumnus invites Lucy to his home, feeds her and then lulls her to sleep playing a lullaby on his pan-pipe. When she awakens, he confesses that he must betray her, and turn her over to the White Witch...

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