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Activity 2

A Medieval Tone

Group 1 & 2


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1
Get ready!

a. Look at the words in the word cloud. Pick the ones you expect to hear in the video.



b. Which words best describe the scene shown in the picture of your group? Choose two and justify.

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B1
Group 1

Pour ce groupe, retrouvez le document vidéo en cliquant ici.


Because of its connection with the chivalric age, medievalism almost always has a political message [...]. Many authors use it conservatively, to promote a wished-for return to a mythical past of peace. This is the case in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where the symbol of the redemption of Narnia is the castle of Cair Paravel once again inhabited by a High King. Lewis’s friend, J.R.R Tolkien, in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, insisted that evil is real and must be combated by even the most lowly1. Star Wars argues that a return to chivalric codes by those destined to be Jedi knights is the only way to save the universe.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works and Wonders, Vol. 2, Gary Westfahl, 2005.

1. humble, meek
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2
Read the text. True or false? Justify with a line from the text.


1) Medievalism never has a political message.



2) Authors use medievalism to express a desire to return to the past.



3) The only way to save people is through the Jedi code.

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3
a. Watch the video. Identify the key elements (who, when, where, what).




b. Which elements show that a war is about to break out (actions, setting, music, voices)?



c. What is the prophecy about?



d. Focus on the main characters (the kids). How are they portrayed (outfits, attitude, feelings, etc.)? Do they appear to believe in the prophecy? Explain.

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B2
Group 2

Pour ce groupe, retrouvez le document vidéo en cliquant ici.


Because of its connection with the chivalric age, medievalism almost always has a political message [...]. Many authors use it conservatively, to promote a wished-for return to a mythical past of peace. This is the case in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where the symbol of the redemption of Narnia is the castle of Cair Paravel once again inhabited by a High King. Lewis’s friend, J.R.R Tolkien, in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, insisted that evil is real and must be combated by even the most lowly1. Star Wars argues that a return to chivalric codes by those destined to be Jedi knights is the only way to save the universe.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works and Wonders, Vol. 2, Gary Westfahl, 2005.

1. humble, meek
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2
Read the text. True or false? Justify with a line from the text.


1) The past is synonymous with mythical peace for many authors.



2) Authors used places to symbolise elements like redemption.



3) Evil must be opposed by courageous knights.

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3
a. Watch the video. Select two adjectives that best describe the atmosphere and justify.

  • lighthearted
  • pessimistic
  • hopeful
  • threatening
  • mysterious
  • peaceful
  • tense
  • gloomy
  • sad


b. Pick out sentences in the trailer that show we are on the edge of war. What is the effect on the viewer?



c. Focus on the characters. Who are the heroes? What elements (clothes, accessories, actions, words they say) make them appear heroic?

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MEDIATION
Groups 1 & 2
Let's recap! Recap your documents. How come most medieval fantasy heroes are war heroes? Why does war appear to be the only solution when it comes to defeating evil?


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