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The first written, first published, second book chronologically and the most famous of the seven books of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.

Some forty years after the events of the {{prequel}} ''[[Literature/TheMagiciansNephew The Magician's Nephew]]'', four siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie) pass through a magical wardrobe owned by "Professor Kirke" [[TrappedInAnotherWorld into the land of Narnia]] which has been cursed with eternal winter by Jadis, the White Witch, who calls herself the "queen" of Narnia. [[BecauseDestinySaysSo In accordance with the prophecy]], the children, helped by Aslan (Turkish for "[[MeaningfulName Lion]]"), defeat her, and are jointly crowned as the four Kings and Queens of Narnia. [[DistantFinale After fourteen years]], the children accidentally return through the wardrobe, reverting to childhood.

The action of ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' takes place during their reign.

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!!This book provides examples of:

* AdultFear: In the Walden Media version of the movie, Peter uses his sword to split the ice on a frozen river to allow him and his sisters to escape the White Witch's wolves. He and Susan wash ashore and begin picking themselves up. Susan suddenly looks around and asks where Lucy is. Peter realizes that he is holding Lucy's empty jacket and Susan ''positively shrieks'' "What have you done?!" [[spoiler: Fortunately Lucy turns up shortly, perfectly fine except for being cold and asks if they've seen her coat.]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil:
** [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwarfs]], Wolves, Minotaurs, Hags, Harpies, Giants and all the other races that are loyal to the witch. This would technically make them evil but these races probably obey the witch because none of them are brave enough to try to backstab her and usurp the throne for themselves. This is later subverted by dwarfs, a giant, and even wolves rescued from the Witch's castle, who later fight for Aslan.
** The movie had the dwarfs divided between sides.
** In this, it's being true to the later books. ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'' and TheLastBattle have dwarfs divided between the sides of good (Trumpkin, Poggin) and evil (Nikabrik in ''Caspian'' and the rebels in TheLastBattle). The dwarfs' appearances in other books are even farther from the doctrine of dwarfish depravity; indeed, if you only read those books you'd think the dwarfs are just another of the many AlwaysLawfulGood races in Narnia.
** Giants are also divided between good and evil in later books.
** However, in the only other appearance of a Hag (and a Werewolf), in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', it's implied that they really are AlwaysChaoticEvil.
* AnIcePerson: The White Witch has ice powers. She froze all of Narnia you know.
* ArbitrarySkepticism:
** Susan in the Walden Media film remarks that a beaver shouldn't be speaking, never mind that she's just travelled through a wardrobe into a magical land.
** Lucy, when she first comes to Narnia, wonders why there's a street light in the middle of the forest... a forest she discovered inside of a wardrobe.
* AsYouKnow: Done in an aside from the narrative, as Lewis notes several times that his readers all know better than to shut themselves into a wardrobe. This was probably done to avoid inspiring kids to lock themselves in by mistake. See also DontTryThisAtHome.
** Ironically, one of the outakes from the 2013 film shows the actor of Edmund shutting the door behind him as he climbs into the wardrobe...and demonstrating why Lewis was careful to emphasise the warning against doing that.
* AuthorAvatar: People who know about Lewis's life story will recognise definite parallels between him and the grumpy professor the children go to stay with.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: For all four Pevensies at the end. Aslan himself is there.
* BeingEvilSucks: This realization spurs Edmund to make his HeelFaceTurn.
* BigBad: Jadis is the evil queen causing all the problems here, from the winter to the oppression.
* BigBrotherBully: Edmund is this to Lucy.
* BigGood: Aslan is TheParagon of goodness in this world. The kids are the main characters, but he is the one who saves the day. This is lampshaded by the Beavers.
* BlitzEvacuees: The Pevensie children
* BoundAndGagged: In the 2005 film adaptation, Edmund winds up tied to a tree and gagged mid-way, as Ginabrik taunts him on his upcoming fate. [[spoiler: When Aslan sends his army to follow a wolf after Maugrim is killed, they manage to rescue Edmund... and make Ginabrik take his place as the tied-up individual.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Edmund starts off arrogant and becomes more so under the witch's influence. Then she decides he's more useful as a prisoner.
* CreepySouvenir: The whole ''garden'' of people/animals the White Witch has turned into stone. In the Walden Media film version, she also wears Aslan's shaved-off mane into battle.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Aslan, AKA "Lion Jesus". He's the son of "The Emperor Across the Sea" and enacts Christ's Passion to save a sinner.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Every time someone climbs into the wardrobe , to the point where one begins to wonder if it's an inside joke or a RunningGag.
* DarkActionGirl: The White Witch is usually an EvilSorcerer but she can join close combat too.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Professor Kirke.
* DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas: Averted in that in Narnia, it is always winter and never Christmas and when [[spoiler:Christmas finally does come, it heralds a thaw]].
* DubNameChange: Maugrim, the wolf servant of the White Witch, had his name changed to Fenris Ulf in earlier American editions (which also changed Peter's first title from "Wolfsbane" to "Fenrisbane"). Then they went back to using Maugrim.
* EndlessWinter: The White Witch casts a spell on Narnia so that it is always winter but never Christmas.
* EvilAlbino: The White Witch is deathly pale. It's implied this is because she's not human; only looks the part.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: The White Witch, and her effects on the Narnian environment, are all cold, and evil.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Aslan did it knowing exactly what would happen if he were to die. [[LoopholeAbuse In more than one way]]]].
* FaeriesDontBelieveInHumansEither: Tumnus the faun reacts this way to Lucy the first time he meets her, and owns a book called ''Is Man a Myth?''
* FauxActionGirl: Susan. She's an archer, and at least in the film, a good one. Yet she's never part of any of the battle scenes, being limited to calling for Peter's help and shooting one stray dwarf in the ending.
* FirstNameBasis: We only find out the children's last name in later books (it's "Pevensie").
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit:
** A robin leads the children to Mr. Beaver.
** Inverted later when they are hunting for a stag, and it leads them back to the gate to the normal world.
* FoodChains: See GRatedDrug below.
* FurryConfusion: The BBC Series has [[PettingZooPeople people in animal costumes]], actual animals and animated creatures all on the screen at once. At one point, Maugrim even appears to shapeshift into a regular wolf, though he's supposed to be a regular wolf anyways.
* GRatedDrug: The White Witch's Turkish Delight. WordOfGod states it's an [[EvilTastesGood analogue for sin]].
* GenderEqualEnsemble: Two boys (Peter and Edmund) and two girls (Susan and Lucy).
* GenreSavvy: All the Pevensies, seeing as they're children who are pretty familiar with fairytales, and (rightly) assume a fairytale world will work according to fairytale rules. For example, their decision to follow the robin is based on Peter's observation that robins are [[AlwaysLawfulGood always good birds in books]].
* GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals: The book splits talking beasts more or less along the standard lines between those on the side of the Witch and those on the side of Aslan. This doesn't show up so much in the rest of the series when Narnia was united, but "evil" animals don't show up much at all then.
* GrimUpNorth: It's grim everywhere in Narnia due to the Hundred Year Winter, but particularly near the Witch's Castle in the north.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Edmund, for the second half, when he realizes that BeingEvilSucks and Aslan saves him.
** Mr. Tumnus, after his HeelRealization while in the company of Lucy.
* HollywoodTactics: The Walden movie. You've an entire air force of griffons armed with rocks; do you fly them far above arrow range and just start dropping rocks on the charge to scatter it, or do you neatly line them up to Jadis' crossbows so they can try taking out individual soldiers? The Griffins dropping rocks would make sense because Peter, being the General for the battle, brought knowledge of bombers with him. How good of knowledge is the issue here as he isn't versed in military tactics.
** All of Peter's tactics are terrible. He wastes most of his best fighters on a pointless charge into the heart of the enemy army when they are already charging into terrain that favors his more organized forces and nullifies the enemy numbers advantage. Then when that force is broken and has retreated he has no flankers to cut off the Queen and her vanguard when they follow them into the ravine. This is in contrast to the book, where he had actually nearly won the battle by the time Aslan and reinforcements showed up through superior tactics and Edmond destroying Jadis' wand.
* IcePalace: The Witch's castle was created by her own power.
* ImNotAHeroIm: In the Walden Media film:
-->'''Peter:''' We're not heroes.
-->'''Susan:''' We're from Finchley!
* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: The wardrobe allows travel between Earth and Narnia -- sometimes.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: The White Witch's justification to Edmund for why she cannot give him more Turkish Delight in the sleigh.
* ItWasAGift: Father Christmas's gifts to the Pevensies.
* {{Jerkass}}: Edmund is rude, arrogant and sells out for candy.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mellows out into this at the end.
* LightIsNotGood: Jadis, the ''White'' Witch is evil.
* LimitedWardrobe, ironically: Examining the pictures closely reveals that the children are always wearing the same clothes (bar the addition of fur coats for the third entry to Narnia) despite the early chapters of the book taking place over several days. Perhaps [[JustifiedTrope justified]], given the time period the book is set in.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Father Christmas [[ValuesDissonance infamously]] tells Susan and Lucy, "Battles are ugly when women fight." This is why Peter gets a sword, Susan gets a bow, and Lucy a dagger (self-defense only).
* TheMarvelousDeer: The wish-granting stag -- that is not caught. Instead the hunt sends them back home.
* TheMole:
** Edmund, for the first half, although it is revealed to the reader at the start of the plot thread.
** [[spoiler: Jadis also fooled Edmund into thinking she was on his side long enough for him to lure his siblings to Narnia]].
** Mr. Tumnus was this to Lucy, then oddly became a ReverseMole to the Witch after his HeelRealization
* MrExposition: The beavers fulfill this role, and it avoids AsYouKnow territory since the kids are new to that universe and really don't know any of the expository material.
* MustacheVandalism: Edmund does this to the [[TakenForGranite stone lion]] in the witch's courtyard.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Edmund's reaction when the White Witch turns a dinner party to stone for refusing to deny it was provided by Father Christmas over his protests. At that point, Edmund realizes the evil he has sided with and wishes with all his heart that he could undo what he has done. Fortunately, Aslan later helps him do just that.
** Mr. Tumnus reaches it immediately when he tries to kidnap Lucy for the Witch. Since he's a nice guy who was only doing it on pain of being turned to stone, she's able to talk him out of it.
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: Aslan and Jadis argue about the Deep Magic and she seems to win. In the end it turns out there are things he knows about it that she doesn't.
* NoodleIncident: The talk Aslan gives to Edmund after his {{Heel Face Turn}}. The narrator tells us it's a moment that belongs to only the two of them, and he won't intrude.
* TheNounAndTheNoun ...And the noun.
* PinnedToTheWall: The White Witch sticks a sword through Peter's chain mail sleeve, pinning him to the ground so she can kill him.
* PortalSlam: The wardrobe's door.
* PrettyInMink: Fur coats are necessary in the deep and eternal cold.
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: [[DownplayedTrope Almost.]]
-->''When Adam's flesh and Adam's bone''\\
''Sits at Cair Paravel in throne,''\\
''The evil time will be over and done.''
%%* RainRainGoAway
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Subverted. It looks as if Edmund will suffer this after redeeming himself by destroying the Witch's wand, but he is saved by Lucy's cordial.
* ReverseMole: Fox in the FilmOfTheBook, is truly on Aslan's side but pretends to serve the Witch.
* RunningGag: The first few chapters are insistent on reminding you what a very foolish thing it is to lock oneself into a wardrobe. It's said that Lewis wrote this in so that young readers playing pretend would not lock themselves in real-life wardrobes. In one of the movie's HilariousOuttakes, Skander Keyes (Edmund) does get himself locked in the wardrobe.
* SavageWolves: Maugrim and his pack work for the witch as a secret police and enforcers.
* SiblingRivalry: Edmund and Lucy, with more on Edmund's part, due to the fact that he enjoys tormenting her. Fortunately, they got better.
* SkewedPriorities: Coupled with ValuesDissonance. Father Christmas says to Susan "battles are ugly when women fight". He's saying she shouldn't fight because she's a girl, as opposed to because she's just a child. It's fine for Peter to fight in battle when he's only a year or so older than her. (Lucy gets a dagger to defend herself. Edmund isn't present to be compared with). However, Susan gets a bow and arrows. This may be FairForItsDay, considering that even the U.S. military didn't allow women in combat zones at all until the 1990s.
* SpringIsLate: By about a ''hundred years''.
* SupernaturalAid: Father Christmas' gifts to the Pevensies such as a HealingPotion.
* TakenForGranite: How the White Witch deals with people she doesn't like.
* TenderTears: Susan and Lucy shed these during Aslan's Passion.
* TheyStillBelongToUsLecture: The Witch tries to reclaim Edmund after his HeelFaceTurn by telling the other heroes that he is a traitor and his blood is her property. [[spoiler:The problem is, according to the laws of magic in Narnia, she's right. This is why Aslan has to sacrifice himself in Edmund's place.]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Aslan tells the others to stay back and let Peter fight Maugrim alone. It directly echoes the story of Edward III saying of his son, the Black Prince, at the Battle of Crécy, "Let the boy win his spurs." (The spurs were a symbol of knighthood.)
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: One of the consequences of Edmund's GRatedDrug usage is a lowering of his IQ.
* TranshumanTreachery: Mr. Beaver invokes this trope as he advises the Pevensie children that if something claims to be, used to be, or may become human, "keep an eye on it and feel for your hatchet."
* TheVamp: The White Witch for Edmund but with candy instead of sex.
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: After being crowned Kings and Queens of Narnia, the children slowly forget their old life on Earth -- until one day, while out riding...
* WeaponOfChoice: Father Christmas's gifts to Peter, Susan, and Lucy include a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]] and shield, a bow and quiver of arrows, and a dagger respectively.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The animals having a dinner party before being turned to stone by the Witch (leading to Edmund's HeelFaceTurn) are never mentioned again. Lewis was even asked about this by one of his readers (or the reader's mom) and hastily wrote back a WordOfGod that ''of course'' the animals at the dinner party got turned back, just not on stage, and he was very sorry the child was distressed about the issue.
** Also, the Dwarf that drives the Witch's sleigh is a fairly prominent aspect of the story, yet his fate goes unaccounted for in the book. In the film, he gets shot by Susan in his attempt to finish off an injured Edmund.
* WinterRoyalLady: Although not fitting the title part of the trope, Jadis fits the other parts; calls herself queen, dresses in winter colors and styles etc.
* WomanInWhite: The White Witch.
* WorldWarII: In the background; treated more prominently in the first film. The kids are in the Professor's house in the first place because they were sent into the country to get away from places that might be bombed.
* YouImaginedIt: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]; none of the Pevensies were concussed or on hallucinogens at the time. The narrative suggests Lucy invoking this at the start but she won't because she's too truthful.
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