The Cordial Vial
Lucy's first gift from Father Christmas was a healing cordial made
from the juice of fireberries from the mountains of the sun. A mere
drop could heal any injury within seconds.
Lucy's cordial is in a small, thick-walled crystal bottle with a
beaded edge. The bottle is corked and has a gold lion's head top.
A little chain linked to the back of the lion's neck is wrapped around
the bottle's neck, probably so she doesn't lose it!
The etching and painting on the bottle is extremely interesting. Everything is
outlined in dark brown, and some areas are filled in with gold. What
we can see looks like a sun setting in the middle behind some
mountains with gold rays fanning from it. Just beneath this is a bird
with its wings outstretched, and beneath her beak are flowers filled
in with gold. All this is surrounded with a wreath of leaves. Note also
her initials LP in gold.
The small case that cradles the bottle is of stiff red leather with
gold edges and a gold bottom. Several layers of leather overlap each
other. It opens by a flap tied shut with red string. The front is
etched like sun's rays and leaves, and a round gold "button" with a
lion's face is positioned over the sun on the bottle. The flap separates
in the middle so we can see part of the bottle and so the cap can poke
through. Leather on the back of the pouch is riveted to form a stiff loop through which her belt goes.
The cordial itself is red. The first Weta video showed
what looks like an unfinished cordial bottle with a gold-tinted liquid
inside, while promotional images made the bottle itself look red! We were
stumped for a while, but since the movie it's apparent that the bottle is clear
glass (with painted accents, as noted) with red cordial inside.
Slightly less known is Lucy's small dagger, given to defend
herself "at great need."
The design is actually very simple; a short, double-edged dagger with
a hilt very similar to that of Peter's sword, only
smaller and differently proportioned. In the 14th century, such daggers
were called "quillion daggers" and were worn on the opposite hip as the
sword. The grip is covered with only one piece of leather bound with white string with a gold
ring at the guard and gold gilding near the pommel. The guard is a
short, slightly curved steel bar, and the pommel is gold and shaped
like a lion's head. Two straps connect the red and gold sheath to her
Lucy's gifts came with a red leather belt seen in the
trailer when the children meet Aslan. The belt is stamped with flowers
with touches of gilding. The cordial is on her right side and the dagger is on her left.