By Nolan Musslewhite '19
Narnia. C.S. Lewis’s magical, endearing, war-torn, and savage world that for so many years has captured the minds of young readers, teaching them the time-enduring lesson that closets can be physical portals to whimsical worlds of zombie lions and decidedly un-litigious witches. The Exchanged is here to answer the fundamental question: Where is Narnia? I think we can all agree we must journey far outside the District for this one, lest we disregard the rigorous journalistic standards that dictate a literal and meritorious interpretive stance. Let’s disregard the irrelevant argument that Narnia is a fictional world and hence doesn’t actually exist. I think we can all agree that that notion is simply preposterous. The initial perpetual winter suggests either the southernmost, northernmost, or high-altitude regions of our planet. This presents the following list of countries; United States (Alaska), Canada (North), Greenland, Norway (North, Jan Mayen, and Svalbard), Russia (North), Nepal, Chile (South), Argentina (South), France (the French and Southern Antarctic Lands), and Antarctica. However, the depth and intensity of the winter eliminates all but the coldest year-round regions; Alaska, France, northern Norway, and southern Chile and South America can be eliminated. However, the battle scene exhibited at the end of the first movie hints at both mountains and expansive flat regions, eliminating Jan Mayen, Nepal, and the French and Southern Antarctic Lands. We are now left with northern Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, northern Russia, and Antarctica. Nowhere in the movie are fjords depicted or mentioned; Svalbard falls short. Narnia also instantly became sunny and balmy in the later movies (likely the result of an extreme climate event)—no climate event could be so extreme as to fully melt the glaciers of Antarctica and Greenland without having calamitous effects on the world as we know it.
We have now narrowed it down to either northern Russia or northern Canada. The evidence seems to suggest northern Russia; no islands, geographical features that punctuate the landscape of northern Canada, can be found at all in the Narnia films, and a Russian Narnia presents a fascinating picture; three days from Nordvik, nestled away in a remote bar, a withered “бабушка” tells the tale of the place of the “лев, фонарный столб и злая ведьма, место магии, удивление и волнение, а также смерть и печаль.” Over a gallon of vodka, an old man looks up, responding “Вы знаете? Нарния была уничтожена Путиным более 20 лет назад после расследования правительством США рабства животных в регионе.” And Thenceforth they proceed, discussing the wonders of Narnia and its oddities. Thus, I think we’ve reached a conclusion; to find Narnia, one must only go to northern Russia.
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