In 1958, after reading and thoroughly enjoying The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, a young fan by the name of Janet wrote to the author to let him know. To her surprise, Lewis – also a renowned Christian apologist – responded. Below is his handwritten reply, in which he thanks Janet for her message and speaks briefly of the inspiration behind the creation of Aslan.
I am very glad you liked The Lion etc and it was nice of you to write and tell me. The idea in my mind was, “supposing there were other worlds, and if one of them was like Narnia – and if it needed saving – and if Christ went to save it as He came to save us – let’s imagine what shape and name He might have taken there”. And the answer was Aslan.
C. S. Lewis