Yes, as the title says! A Caspian Conspiracy! How? Well, just something which came across my mind after watching the latest installment of the Film Adaptions of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I’ll probably be coming under fire from a lot of fans for cares!? :D Necessarily, I don’t think it’s a conspiracy, but I needed a c word that fit in with Caspian. The main point of this post is to bring about discussion on the question: “Why the Spanish Influence for the Telmarines?” From what I remember of the book, weren’t the Telmarines actually English? Weren’t the dark skinned peoples from the South? Archenland and Carlomen, anyone? I must admit, that having the Spanish influence actually added to the film; giving the impression of a dark and sinister people, bent on the destruction of Narnia (most of them anyways; Great villains! ;) ) But Disney has crossed paths with Catholicism before, namely blasphemy; and I was wondering if there could be a possible deliberate association of villains in the Caspian Film with the Spanish Conquistadors (Cortez and his companions) who settled the Americas. There is a Legend (Yes, the Black Legend. Look it up if you have to. A very black smudge of paint dumped on the Spaniards,) that the Spaniards who settles the Americas were cruel to the Indians they , forcing them into slavery, beating, torturing, and destroying their culture. (If you call the annual sacrifice of humans a culture…) There were some abuses by the Spanish, but the Protestant English, who were at odds with the Spaniards for many years (Spanish Armarda, Gulf of Mexico, Pirates of the Caribbean…) on the grounds of political, colonial, and religious reasons, exaggerated the actions of the Spaniards as a means of Propaganda. (Sort of like WW2, everyone focusing on the great evil Nazism, and overlooking the Red Takeover of Western Europe.) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl offers a glimpse at the classic mentality of holding the Spanish as evil men; Barbossa’s line tells all: “The greed of Cortez was insatiable.” Yes, this is all a part of storytelling, and we needed cursed Aztec gold to make the film; but the people who don’t know their history well enough, hear and see these things, and little by little, they begin to associate this with that. I’m not saying that everyone who sees the film will attribute villains to the Spaniard Conquistadors, but it is a step leaning towards it. And every step leads to a bigger one. One cigarette leads to another, and thus one little instance of story telling leads to another, till we’re at the point where we are being bombarded with something or another.
(I know that someone had to be chosen as the source of an influence. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy drew its influence for the Kingdom of Rohan from the Norman/Viking Style; but with Disney going down the tubes, I thought it worth bringing this up.)