J.R.R. Tolkien

Echoes of Eden

Echoes of Eden
  • Dec 23, 2016
  • Jerram Barrs
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I want to begin by explaining why I chose this title. First, we go back all the way to Lewis’ childhood. From a very early age Lewis had loved fairy stories, legends and myths. He delighted particularly in the myths of the Norsemen – the sagas of Norway and Iceland. …

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C. S. Lewis’s Eternal Legacy

  • Jan 01, 2014
  • Charlie W. Starr
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Last November brought the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis (as well as his 115th birthday) who passed on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Numerous books have been released about Lewis this year, and half a dozen or more conferences have been held to celebrate …

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Lewis on Tolkien: 1

  • Dec 22, 2013
  • Zach Kincaid
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With The Hobbit in theaters now, we thought it apropos to begin a short series of glances into what Lewis says of Tolkien, his good friend and fellow scholar. Here’s one from a letter to critic Charles A. Brady on October 29, 1944, talking about how an author and his …

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Lewis on Tolkien: 2

  • Zach Kincaid
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A childhood friend of Lewis was Arthur Greeves. He lived across the street from him in Belfast. Until Lewis’s death in 1963, he and Greeves remained close friends. Many of Lewis’s collected letters are to Greeves, who was an early influence on Lewis in relation to Christianity. In a letter …

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Any Winged Horses Out There?

  • May 06, 2013
  • Zach Kincaid
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The note in A Year with C.S. Lewis for May 11 indicates that Lewis met J.R.R. Tolkien this day in 1926. It’s apropos then to reflect on a selection from Mere Christianity about the Christ’s salvific work to make us new creatures, not simply nicer people. As is widely known, …

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Adaptation vs. Transformation – Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Experiment

  • Dec 31, 2012
  • Charlie W. Starr
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So we’ve seen the first Hobbit film. What now? Lovers of Tolkien’s world were warned a couple of years ago that material was going to be added to the movies (originally two, now three), based on additional Middle-earth lore, primarily from The Silmarillion. The movie met those expectations and now …

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Lewis on Tolkien: 4

  • Dec 14, 2012
  • Zach Kincaid
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“I would willingly do all in my power to secure for Tolkien’s great book the recognition it deserves,” Lewis writes to Sir Stanley Unwin on Dec. 4, 1953, regarding The Fellowship of the Ring. Lewis then enclosed the following endorsement: It would be almost safe to say that no book …

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Lewis on Tolkien: 3

  • Dec 09, 2012
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lewis credits Tolkien and their friendship as a primary reason for his Christian conversion. In 1929, they began to meet about Middle Earth and writing in general. Lewis converted to Christianity in 1931. That night in 1931 was a long one, lasting until four in the morning. Lewis discussed matters …

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