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My first has green and yellow
To take you there and back.
My second is made up of three,
A king, a queen, and just one more.
My third is all about a message,
Conveyed in the nick of time.
My fourth is north of rain around,
A king in the making there.
My fifth is completely out at sea,
Travelling to the sunrise bright.
My sixth has giants and a seat,
And takes place in the north.
My seventh is a tale of war,
And tragic in the telling.

What am I? Please explain how your answer fits each line of the riddle.

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  • $\begingroup$ @JoeZ. Chat's probably the best place for that. $\endgroup$ – Aza Jun 24 '15 at 0:52
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, probably. $\endgroup$ – Joe Z. Jun 24 '15 at 1:40
  • $\begingroup$ Riddle for an rainy day Is this usage of 'an' instead of 'a' intentional? $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jun 24 '15 at 7:51
  • $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie Yes ... see if you can work out why :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 24 '15 at 9:10
  • $\begingroup$ @JoeZ. I didn't see your original comment, but there's a special chatroom for riddles with this kind of theme, if you're interested. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 24 '15 at 9:11
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Is it this?

You are discussing the Chronicles of Narnia, in the chronological order of the books.

My first has green and yellow
To take you there and back.

The Magician's Nephew
Yellow rings were used to travel to the magical world of Narnia and green rings to return.

My second is made up of three,
A king, a queen, and just one more.

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
The lion (Aslan) is the rightful king of Narnia king of the jungle, Jadis is the White Witch who pretends to be the queen and one more points to other object in the title, which is the wardrobe.

My third is all about a message,
Conveyed in the nick of time.

The Horse And His Boy
A lost prince is rediscovered and it's his timely warnings that prevent an invasion.

My fourth is north of rain around,
A king in the making there.

Prince Caspian
Prince Caspian is the king in the making.
EDIT: As per rand's comments, "north of rain around" again seeks to sneak in the name of Narnia in anagram form. "rain around" is a clue to find an anagram for rain, which is the country Iran. And the Caspian Sea lies to the north of Iran.

My fifth is completely out at sea,
Travelling to the sunrise bright.

The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
Prince Caspian sets out on a voyage by sea to find the seven lost lords of Narnia.
EDIT: The sunrise bright is a reference to the titular ship, Dawn Treader.

My sixth has giants and a seat,
And takes place in the north.

The Silver Chair
A journey is taken to the giant lands to the north of Narnia. The seat is the titular silver chair.

My seventh is a tale of war,
And tragic in the telling.

The Last Battle
A huge battle takes place that ends in the destruction (and re-birth) of Narnia.

The title is misspelt intentionally

because the letters '..an rain..' can be rearranged to form Narnia.

To conclude, I would like to apologize

since I haven't personally read the series, so please feel free to correct my explanations.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done! You've got almost all of it. Just "north of rain around", "travelling to the sunrise bright", and the title left to explain (hint: anagrams). Also Aslan isn't the rightful king of Narnia (the kings are always human), but the lion is said to be king of beasts ;-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 24 '15 at 8:53
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor: "travelling to the sunrise bright" is regarding the dispelling of darkness from Dark Island? $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jun 24 '15 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ How did you get this so quickly if you haven't read the series?! $\endgroup$ – user2674 Jun 24 '15 at 9:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Stacey: Not so quickly. I saw this question within 20 minutes of its posting. I had to work to think about 7. Tried fitting it into the days of the week, then the colours of the spectrum. When I tried fitting it into the Harry Potter series, I stumbled upon the Narnia series. $\endgroup$ – CodeNewbie Jun 24 '15 at 9:46
  • $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie Simpler than that! Good job on the title; "north of rain around" is something similar. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 24 '15 at 9:50

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