The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Mr. Beaver Character Analysis

A talking beaver and denizen of Narnia who helps three of the four siblings—Lucy, Susan, and Peter—to prepare for battle against the White Witch by sheltering them from danger and leading them to Aslan. Mr. Beaver is also the one who recognizes that Edmund is under the White Witch’s spell and is not to be trusted.

Mr. Beaver Quotes in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Beaver or refer to Mr. Beaver. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“They say Aslan is on the move—perhaps has already landed.”

And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different. Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something which you don't understand but in the dream it feels as if it had some enormous meaning—either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again. It was like that now. At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.

Related Characters: Mr. Beaver (speaker), Lucy, Edmund, Susan, Peter, Aslan
Page Number: 67-68
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Chapter 8 Quotes

“Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn't safe?” said Lucy.

"Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.”

“I'm longing to see him,” said Peter, “even if I do feel frightened when it comes to the point.”

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“The quickest way you can help [Mr. Tumnus] is by going to meet Aslan,” said Mr. Beaver, “once he's with us, then we can begin doing things. Not that we don't need you too. For that's another of the old rhymes:

When Adam's flesh and Adam's bone Sits at Cair Paravel in throne,

The evil time will be over and done.

So things must be drawing near their end now he's come and you've come.”

Related Characters: Lucy (speaker), Susan (speaker), Peter (speaker), Mr. Beaver (speaker), Mrs. Beaver (speaker), Aslan, Mr. Tumnus
Page Number: 80-81
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“Come on!” cried Mr. Beaver, who was almost dancing with delight. “Come and see! This is a nasty knock for the Witch! It looks as if her power is already crumbling.”

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It was a sledge, and it was reindeer with bells on their harness. […] And on the sledge sat a person whom everyone knew the moment they set eyes on him. He was a huge man in a bright red robe (bright as hollyberries) with a hood that had fur inside it and a great white beard that fell like a foamy waterfall over his chest. Everyone knew him because, though you see people of his sort only in Narnia, you see pictures of them and hear them talked about even in our world—the world on this side of the wardrobe door. But when you really see them in Narnia it is rather different. Some of the pictures of Father Christmas in our world make him look only funny and jolly. But now that the children actually stood looking at him they didn't find it quite like that. He was so big, and so glad, and so real, that they all became quite still. They felt very glad, but also solemn.

“I've come at last,” said he. “She has kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last. Aslan is on the move. The Witch's magic is weakening.”

Related Characters: Mr. Beaver (speaker), Lucy, Susan, Peter, The White Witch / The Queen, Mrs. Beaver
Related Symbols: Father Christmas
Page Number: 106-107
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Chapter 12 Quotes

But as for Aslan himself, the Beavers and the children didn't know what to do or say when they saw him. 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.

Related Characters: Lucy, Susan, Peter, Aslan, Mr. Beaver, Mrs. Beaver
Page Number: 126
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Mr. Beaver Character Timeline in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Beaver appears in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: A Day with the Beavers
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...and then retreats back into the trees. Peter says he thinks the creature is a beaver. The children debate whether they should follow it into the brush, and ultimately agree that... (full context)
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The children head deeper into the trees, and the beaver keeps beckoning them closer; “We’re not safe in the open,” he says. Finally, the children... (full context)
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Edmund suspiciously asks how they can know the beaver is on their side, and the beaver holds up a little white cloth—Lucy recognizes it... (full context)
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Lucy asks where Mr. Tumnus has gone, but the beaver insists that before they discuss any more he must bring them somewhere safe, where they... (full context)
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Mr. Beaver leads the children into his home, where his wife, Mrs. Beaver, is waiting for them... (full context)
Chapter 8: What Happened after Dinner
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The children begin to ask Mr. Beaver where Mr. Tumnus has been taken, and what will become of him. Mr. Beaver explains... (full context)
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Susan asks who Aslan is, and Mr. Beaver explains that Aslan is the King—the Lord of the whole wood. Though Aslan is very... (full context)
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Mr. Beaver tells the children they’ll understand Aslan’s power when they finally meet him. Lucy asks if... (full context)
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Mr. Beaver explains that the Witch has tried to disguise herself as a human to make it... (full context)
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...him, but Edmund is long gone. Peter suggests they split up into search parties, but Mr. Beaver protests that there is no point in looking for Edmund—he has betrayed them all, and... (full context)
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...before they reach the landmark. Mrs. Beaver predicts that the Witch will come to the beaver dam first, though; Mr. Beaver agrees, and tells the children it is time to hurry... (full context)
Chapter 9: In the Witch’s House
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...was “jolly nice” to Edmund, and he cannot believe that she is as bad as Mr. Beaver and Mrs. Beaver say she is. Edmund tells himself this over and over as he... (full context)
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...tells the wolf his name, and tells him that his brother and sisters are at Mr. Beaver ’s house. The wolf goes inside to deliver the message, and Edmund realizes the wolf... (full context)
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...siblings. Edmund assures her that the others are quite close, dining in the house of Mr. Beaver and Mrs. Beaver. This seems to please the Witch, and she asks Edmund if he... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Spell Begins to Break
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Back at the Mr. Beaver and Mrs. Beaver’s house, Peter, Susan, and Lucy hurriedly gather food and supplies for the... (full context)
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In the morning, the group awakes to the sound of jingling bells. Mr. Beaver heads out to investigate, worried that the Witch has arrived in her sledge. Once above... (full context)
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...delivers presents to the Beavers—he has a sewing machine for Mrs. Beaver, and he tells Mr. Beaver that when he returns home he will find his dam finished and repaired. Father Christmas... (full context)
Chapter 11: Aslan is Nearer
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...The Witch tells Maugrim to take his fastest wolves and go to the house of Mr. Beaver and Mrs. Beaver—she orders them to “kill whatever [they] find there,” and make haste towards... (full context)
Chapter 12: Peter’s First Battle
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Miles away, the Mr. Beaver , Mrs. Beaver, Peter, Lucy, and Susan are still making their way to the Stone... (full context)
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...animals. Aslan is large, mighty, and terrible, and the children are afraid to approach him; Mr. Beaver , though, urges them forward. (full context)
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Peter bravely approaches Aslan, and Aslan greets Peter, Susan, Lucy, Mr. Beaver and Mrs. Beaver warmly. His voice has a calming effect. Aslan asks where the fourth... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Hunting of the White Stag
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The children give “rewards and honors” to all their friends, including Mr. Tumnus, Mr. Beaver , and Mrs. Beaver. That night, there is a great feast, and while it is... (full context)