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The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader"

by C. S. Lewis

The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" Summary

Overview

In Prince Caspian, Caspian swears an oath to Aslan that he will search for the seven noble lords who were sent on a suicide mission across the sea by the usurper Miraz. For Narnians, swearing by Aslan is very serious business; to actually swear an oath to Aslan in the flesh is a matter of the utmost urgency. Thus, after taking a few years to settle the turmoil in Narnia caused by the civil war from Prince Caspian, Caspian undertakes a voyage to the east, trying to follow the lost lords.

Caspian was a very courageous and honorable young man in Prince Caspian; in The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader," he has grown taller and broad shouldered, to become the image of the ideal king. He leaves Narnia in the care of the Dwarf Trumpkin, the "Dear Little Friend" of Lucy, Peter, Susan, and Edmund in Prince Caspian. Trumpkin's honesty, faithfulness, and good sense will be put to good use in Narnia, freeing Caspian to fulfill his oath to Aslan. The ship, the Dawn Treader, is manned entirely by volunteers; the Telmarine humans of Narnia have long feared the eastern sea, so the volunteers are people of exceptional courage, especially Reepicheep, the Chief Mouse.

First, the Dawn Treader sails north to the great seafaring community on the island of Galma, then east to the Seven Isles, where pirates lurk, then south toward the Lone Islands. On the way to the Lone Islands, the ship encounters three people in the...

(The entire section is 322 words.)