r Wicked Things Horror Blog: Mr. Tumnus - Narnia's Creepiest Character

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mr. Tumnus - Narnia's Creepiest Character

Mr. Tumnus is a fictional character in C. S. Lewis' series, "The Chronicles of Narnia". He is featured prominently in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and is very close friends with Lucy.  He's the first creature she meets in Narnia.  Being that he is a grown man who resembles Pan very closely, this isn't creepy at all!  Inviting kids to your house when you are a strange goat man isn't creepy or anything either.

Pan is famous for his sexual powers, and is often depicted with a phallus. Lewis describes Tumnus as having reddish skin, curly hair, brown eyes, a short pointed beard, horns on his forehead, cloven hooves, goat legs with glossy brown hair, a "strange but pleasant little face," a long tail, and being, "only a little taller than Lucy herself."  Pan's goat-like appearance is similar to depictions of Satan.

The constellation, Capricornus is represented as a hybrid of a goat and a fish and is also sometimes identified as Pan, the god with a goat's head, who saved himself from the monster Typhon by giving himself a fish's tail and diving into a river.

The pan flute is named for its association with Pan. Another term for the pan flute is syrinx, also from the story of Pan. The plural of syrinx is syringes, from which the modern word syringe is derived.

Mr. Tumnus is a step away from chloroforming everyone.  What do you think is in that tea he serves in his little house?  Perhaps the Christians who didn't want their kids to watch Narnia were right after all!  I bet he has some popsicles in his basement.

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