A quick hello to you. How are you doing? I hope you are well. Everybody was in my thoughts and prayers this morning. Turns out the drawing from yesterday that was to be a lion but ended up looking almost like a pool was indeed a good place for praying and meditating! I had used some of the chalk with glitter and it makes this sparkle like the surface of a pool of water when the light hits is just so.
I was inspired in my drawing this morning to try and render an image of Ramandu, a resting star and his daughter Lilliandil. There is something wonderful about books, especially stories like C.S. Lewis wrote, that stir the imagination. Some characters and stories are just so vivid and bright that it makes me want to bring them out of the book in my chalks. I hardly have done them justice but it was fun to try!
Kyle and I haven’t seen the rest of the movies they made in the series, just the first one. After reading the stories I hope to find the movies available to watch at some point. This scene I’m sharing is so beautiful. Talk about a star making an entrance!
The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Meet Lilliandil
- “I am a star at rest, my daughter. When I set for the last time, decrepit and old beyond all that you can reckon, I was carried to this island. I am not so old now as I was then. Every morning a bird brings me a fire-berry from the valleys in the Sun, and each fire-berry takes away a little of my age. And when I have become as young as the child that was born yesterday, then I shall take my rising again (for we are at earth’s eastern rim) and once more tread the great dance.“
- ―Ramandu (Chapter 14) [src]
He was an old man with silver hair and a beard that went all the way down to the floor. Tall and straight, he was clothed in a robe that appeared to be made of the fleece of silver sheep, and his feet were bare.
He was mild and grave of demeanor, and seemed to radiate light, commanding silence and respect.
It is unknown when Ramandu was first born as a celestial star, but after many years he became tired, as all stars eventually do, and returned below to the surface of the world. During his rest, he lived on his own island, located at the beginning of the world’s end, where years later he eventually bore a daughter with an unknown human woman.
During his time as an earth-bound star, he and his daughter together guarded the ancient Stone Knife of the White Witch, which she had used to kill Aslan during the Winter Revolution. It lay on Aslan’s Table, and was forbidden to be touched by anyone.
In the 2290’s NY, however, Ramandu’s island was discovered by three of the Seven Lost Lords, Mavramorn, Argoz and Revilian, one of whom touched the knife in a fit of anger, causing all three of them to fall into an enchanted sleep.
In 2306, a ship called the Dawn Treader docked at the Island, searching for the three lords and Aslan’s Country. This party was led by King Caspian X of Narnia, who quickly fell in love with Ramandu’s daughter.
When Ramandu first appeared to the travelers of the Dawn Treader, he did not greet them, but joined his daughter; with her he raised his arms toward the east and sung a ritual song of welcome to the Sun. Afterward, a Bird flew by and placed a bright fruit into his mouth. This was a Fire-berry, which renewed his strength each day until the time when he would be able to once more join the great dance.He told Caspian that in order to break the enchantment of the Three Sleepers, it was necessary for someone to sail as far east as possible, and to leave there a volunteer who would continue on to the Utter East. However, he could not give Caspian navigational information about the journey there, because he had only a star’s perspective of Narnia.
When Ramandu first told the visitors his name and there was no recognition from them, he realised that he had ceased being a star long before they were born. He also corrected Eustace for equating what a star is made of, stating that although in our world stars are made of balls of flaming gas, that is not what they are.
He also informed the adventurers that they had already met another star, Coriakin, who he indicated was earthbound because of some personal failure. However, he would not reveal the circumstances of Coriakin’s fall, on the grounds that humans are not meant to know such things about stars.
Dismissing this line of questioning as useless, he pressed Caspian to decide about sailing east. When the king mentioned the weariness of his crew, Ramandu said that enchantments can be broken only by knowledgeable and willing participants. He also assures them that should the adventurers wish to winter on this island, Aslan’s Table would supply them daily with royal fare.
Finally, Ramandu laid his hands, radiant with a faint silver glow, on the head of Lord Rhoop, so that he could experience rest in the company of the three sleepers.
When the crew finally left for the Utter East, they left behind Lord Rhoop and one other Narnian with Ramandu, who cared for them until their return. When the ship eventually returned, they took the Narnians back home with them, including Ramandu’s Daughter who left to be with King Caspian whom she had fallen in love with. Presumably, she left with Ramandu’s blessing.
It is most likely that Ramandu eventually returned to the skies when he was fully rejuvenated, and shone once again as a full star.
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (book, appearance)
- Prince Caspian & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (BBC serial)
- “And when they looked at her they thought they had never before known what beauty meant.“
Lilliandil was an inexpressibly beautiful, young woman; tall, with long yellow hair that hung down her back, and she dressed in a single long garment of clear blue that left her arms bare. According to the illustrations in the book, she went barefoot, just like her father.
Lilliandil was the daughter of Ramandu, a resting Star, and an unknown mother. Since she was not a Star herself, her mother might have been human. She grew up on her father’s island at the Beginning of the End of the World. Together, she and her father watched over Aslan’s Table and the Stone Knife with which he was killed, which was kept on the table in his honour. Circa 2290 NY, the Narnian lords Revilian, Argoz, and Mavramorn landed on the island and fell into an enchanted sleep after one of them touched the Knife.
In 2306, another ship landed on the island, which was met by Lilliandil. They identified themselves as Narnians, friends of the three sleepers, and were led by the young King Caspian X, who was instantly smitten with the Star’s beautiful daughter. He asked her what breaking the spell on the sleepers would require, mentioning something about Sleeping Beauty and the kiss required to wake the princess. Lilliandil, however, replied that it was the opposite here; he must break the spell before he could kiss the princess.The young king immediately decided to break the spell, and asked her what he must do. Ramandu gave him instructions, and Caspian and his crew sailed away, leaving behind a Lord named Rhoop and a sailor called Pittencream. Ramandu and his daughter cared for both men during their stay.
Marriage and Queenship
In time, the spell was broken, and the sleeping Lords awoke. Shortly after, King Caspian and his crew returned to the island to take their people back to Narnia. While there, Caspian asked Lilliandil to come to Narnia with him, which she did. Soon after, the two were married and Caspian made Lilliandil his queen.She was a good and dearly beloved queen. After about fifteen years of marriage, she gave birth to a son and Caspian’s heir apparent, Prince Rilian, who, like his mother, had some Star’s blood in his veins. When Rilian was newly knighted, and about twenty years old, he and the queen, together with some courtiers, went maying in the Narnian forests. While resting apart from the others, the queen was attacked by a green serpent. Her screams were heard by the courtiers, who rushed to her aid, but they were too late to save her. Before she died, the queen seemed to try hard to tell Rilian something, but was unable to say it before the serpent’s venom took hold.
It is unknown what she was trying to say to Rilian before she died, but it was discovered later that the serpent who killed her was a witch who was plotting to kidnap the prince. It is possible, although speculative, that the queen knew this and was trying to warn her son.
Following her tragic death, Lilliandil went to Aslan’s Country where she lived happily, and was eventually reunited with her husband ten years later. Rilian later joined his parents, though it is unknown when he died. Lilliandil was among the many Narnians present at the Great Reunion following the end of Narnia, along with her husband, son and father.
- In the 1989 BBC TV series, Ramandu’s daughter is played by Gabrielle Anwar. In the 1990 sequel, she is un-credited, but possibly played again by Gabrielle Anwar.
- In the 2010 film adaptation, Ramandu’s daughter was played by the Australian actress, Laura Brent. This is the only adaptation to name her (the book series simply called her “Ramandu’s daughter”). Her name was created by producer Douglas Gresham, which was created to evoke imagery of the sea of lilies from the book. In the movie, she is apparently a full-blooded star (being the Blue Star that guides the crew of the Dawn Treader to Ramandu’s island and the Dark Island), not a half-star, though again there is no mention of her mother, and her father is mentioned by her (and is the namesake of the island), but does not make an appearance. In this adaptation, she wears a white dress and is surrounded by a bluish-white glow.
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