The Lion is a fearsome wild animal that is nevertheless tamed by Una’s grace and beauty. It travels with her and protects her after she is separated from the Redcross Knight, although eventually it is slain by Sansloy. Lions have symbolic significance in both the Bible and British history, and this Lion represents how the faithful like Una will be protected when they need it most.
The Lion Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character The Lion appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book I: Canto III
...Archimago is in a daze, so he doesn’t reply. Sansloy doesn’t kill Archimago. Next, the Lion tries to fight Sansloy. Sansloy, however, is skilled with weapons and manages to pierce the... (full context)