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How the Lion Got his Name

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Aslan means “lion” in Turkish. Cool, huh?

(Above and below are pics from Hattuşa, the Hittite city.)

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People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time. If the children had ever thought so, they were cured of it now. For when they tried to look at Aslan’s face they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn’t look at him and went all trembly.

–from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Aslankaya (“lion stone”) in the Phrygian Valley. (The Phrygians were a seafaring race that conquered the Hittites and settled in Anatolia—way inland, which is odd, right?—possibly in the 12th century B.C.)

1 Comment to How the Lion Got his Name

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    October 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    The endless quest for stone lions!
    The first picture is one of my favorites 🙂 Thanks for taking it!

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