"Like stern but beautiful giants..."
have long hair, deep-set eyes and horse-like ears. The human torso
protrudes slighty from the horse body. They may look rather sunburned,
too; Richard Taylor suggests that centaurs are not outdoor creatures
and are therefore affected by sudden exposure to the sun when they
join Aslan's army.
Centaurs are certainly a race of Narnia seen plentifully
at the battle. All the centaur armor and weapons are heavy with
heraldic etching and color. The patterns are usually very geometric
and symmetrical, featuring sun and lion motifs.
According to Richard Taylor, the insignias were meant
to reflect Aslan's "heraldic symbol" of being emblazoned in light.
It's hard to describe and keep track of all the patterns and symbols,
but we will present as many as we can in our image gallery.
All centaurs wear a basic sleeveless woven wool tunic
over their human body that fans out to cover part of their horse
back. The armholes are edged with leather binding, and atop the
shoulders are leather capsleeve flaps that serve as padding when
wearing pauldrons. The tunics come in dark reds, greens, and oranges,
in various forms and lengths. Some of the weaves can be seen at
our Stansborough swatches page.
Some appear to pull up around the waist and wrap around
the back, a complicated cut to distinguish, especially with the
breasplate in the way. Others fall to a point in front and are slit
down from the waist at the sides and pulled back under the leather
caparison. More info on individual centaur tunics on their respective