The white stag
My sister wrote a fanfic about the fate of the white stag, but that got me thinking.
Mr Tumnus tells Lucy about the hunting parties for the stag that occurred before the witch came, and then the four Pevensies themselves go on a hunt for the stag at the end of the golden age. So the stag would either have had to have been well over a hundred years old, or have had a calf (or fawn, whichever you would call it), or possibly the white stag wasn’t really a stag, but a legend. But then, whichever one it is, the stag is never heard of again.
What happened to the stag? How was the stag being hunted both before and after the witch’s reign? Couldn’t one of the creatures have caught the stag during their the witch’s reign, and wished for the reign to be over? These are my questions that I am currently wondering about
This is an interesting question.
It is much more likely that the White Stag was a legend than a "mortal" animal, or even the offspring of the original white stag that was hunted in the pre-Winter era.
In LWW, the stag's ultimate purpose, as a literary device, was to lead the Pevensies back to Lantern Waste, and ultimately back through the Wardrobe. However, as a "character", or a piece of the Narnian world, it was a pretty big deal for something that legendary to be spotted after such a long time - which would be why the four guardians of the kingdom would have hunted for it themselves. And what a fateful day in Narnian history that would turn out to be...I guess it was ultimately Aslan who worked behind the scenes to send the Pevensies back home.
I think it's most likely that the White Stag was some sort of 'messenger' of Aslan....or maybe even Aslan himself in an alternate form. He has been known to do that in other books (the kitten in HHB comes to mind here, as does the lamb in VDT). While that doesn't really clear up the wish-granting aspect of the legend, CS Lewis definitely left a lot up to mystery. Perhaps the stag was found before the Winter, and actually granted wishes. During the age of Winter, the Stag doesn't seem to have been seen or heard from. Its presence in Narnia seems quite connected to that of Aslan.
What also keeps bringing me back to Aslan is just how darn elderly that the White Stag would have had to be if it was still alive 100+ years later...unless of course it didn't age. Neither does Aslan. Coincidence?
This is the journey
This is the trial
For the hero inside us all
I can hear adventure call
That's one interesting theory, Glenwit! And what a good question, Sun-muffin! Man it's great to be back on NarniaWeb! 🙂
This is one of those unsolved mysteries that both fascinates me and drives me nuts. Yes, obviously, as a plot device the White Stag was just there to lead the kids home (which is why I like the Aslan idea lol). But there's another thing to consider here: when the White Stag appears, Narnia is threatened by some new enemy. It appeared, then the Witch took over. It appeared again, and the Golden Age ended, leaving Narnia without its kings and queens, shortly before a Telmarine invasion. Could it be that the White Stag granted wishes to the Witch, and then to Caspian the Conqueror, and maybe a Tisroc or two? There's no way to know for sure - which is both annoying and awesome at the same time! I love that Narnia leaves so much to the imagination... and yet, there's so much more we would all like to know. But regardless, I definitely think Aslan was involved somehow. Whatever significance White Stag holds, beyond a simple plot device, is not beyond him.
PS: On an unrelated note, it's refreshing to find out I'm not the only one out there who's done a Narnia fanfic. 😀
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The white stag could grant the wish for the Pevensies to return to our world. But of course they might not have been always so happy to leave Narnia since our world might be somewhat drab to return to. They didn’t catch the stag so they didn’t have the option of having any wishes granted.