The Telmarines are descendants of pirates from our world. Their origin, as described in the book, is as follows Many years ago in that world, in a deep sea of that world which is called the South Sea, a shipload of pirates were driven by storm in an island. And there they did as pirates would; killed the natives and took the native women for wives, and made palm wine, and drank and were drunk, and lay in the shade of the palm trees, and woke up and quarreled, and sometimes killed one another. And in one of these frays six were put to flight by the rest and fled with their women into the center of the island and up a mountain, and went, as they thought, into a cave to hide. But it was one of the magical places of that world, one of the chinks or chasms between that world and this. There were many chinks or chasms between worlds in old times, but they have grown rarer. This was one of the last; I do not say the last. And so they fell, or rose, or blundered, or dropped right through, and found themselves in this world, in the Land of Telmar which was then unpeopled. But why it was unpeopled is a long story; I will not tell it now. And in Telmar their descendants lived and became fierce and proud people; and after many generations there was a famine in Telmar and they invaded Narnia, which was then in some disorder (but that also would be a long story), and conquered it and ruled it." For the movie, the producers expanded upon this pirate heritage and conceived the Telmarines as Spanish pirates. They are depicted as a race with dark hair, thick beards, and with strong Spanish or Italian accents. The actors that play Miraz and his general are both Italian.