Original Research

Leonine imagery in C.S. Lewis’s series The Chronicles of Narnia

Dianne Shober
Literator | Vol 40, No 1 | a1558 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v40i1.1558 | © 2019 Dianne Shober | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 October 2018 | Published: 11 June 2019

About the author(s)

Dianne Shober, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of Fort Hare, East London, South Africa


Throughout the centuries, lion images have figured prominently in literature, art, heraldry and statuary. In Chinese art, for instance, lions appear more predominantly than dragons as guardians of buildings and temples, whereas across Europe, warriors surged across continents conquering under the image of the roaring lion emblazoned on their monarchs’ flags. Furthermore, numerous cultures and religious traditions symbolically embody their rulers, both divine and temporal, using leonine imagery. Through an investigation of this imagic representation, this article will explore the selection of the lion, Aslan, as the spiritual depiction of the Christ-figure in C.S. Lewis’ series The Chronicles of Narnia.


Imagery; symbolism; lion; spirituality; tradition; literature; C.S. Lewis.


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