The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Chapter 13 Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time


Highlight in yellow (or any color you like) words in the book that you do not understand. Look up the word and write its meaning in the margin of your book. Here are some words that are possibly new to you.



“for bargaining with”
“desires a safe conduct”
“I have settled the matter”


Listen to Chapter 13 being read to you in English:


First paragraph in Chapter 13 

Now we must get back to Edmund. When he had been made to walk far further than he had ever known that anybody could walk, the Witch at last halted in a dark valley all overshadowed with fir trees and yew trees. Edmund simply sank down and lay on his face doing nothing at all and not even caring what was going to happen next provided they would let him lie still. He was too tired even to notice how hungry and thirsty he was. The Witch and the dwarf were talking close beside him in low tones.

Last page in Chapter 13

At last they heard Aslan’s voice, “You can all come back,” he said. “I have settled the matter. She has renounced the claim on your brother’s blood.” And all over the hill there was a noise as if everyone had been holding their breath and had now begun breathing again, and then a murmur of talk.
The Witch was just turning away with a look of fierce joy on her face when she stopped and said, “But how do I know this promise will be kept?”
“Haa-a-arrh!” roared Aslan, half rising from his throne; and his great mouth opened wider and wider and the roar grew louder and louder, and the Witch, after staring for a moment with her lips wide apart, picked up her skirts and fairly ran for her life.

DISCUSS with your Tutor

  1. What did the Witch want to do to Edmund? 
  2. Why didn’t anyone see the Dwarf and Witch when they rescued Edmund?
  3. What do you think Aslan told Edmund when they were alone? 
  4. When Edmund saw his brother and sisters, what did he say?  What does “said to each of them in turn” mean? 
  5. Fill in the blanks. This is a very important sentence in the book. “You know that every __________ belongs to me as my lawful ______ and that for every _____________ I have a right to a _________.  And so, the human creature is mine. His life is forfeit to me. His ________ is my property.”  What did this mean? 
  6. What big announcement did Aslan make at the end of this chapter?  “I have settled the matter. She has __________ the claim to your brother’s blood.”  What did this mean?

SHARE with your Tutor

How can you know when someone is truly sorry for what they have done?  


This chapter has meaning for us in our own lives. We are like Edmund and Aslan represents Jesus. The Emperor beyond the Sea represents God. Who do you think the White Witch represents? 

The Bible says
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“Surely He took up our pain and carried our sorrows.”  Isaiah 53:4
“Jesus Himself carried our sins.”  1st Peter 2:24