What a great article on the amazing relationship between CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.
C.S. Lewis was the first Tolkien nerd. He was certainly not the last. Middle Earth geeks roam the land, tucking into coffee shop corners with beat up Ballantine editions of The Silmarillion or greeting one another in Quenya at insurance seminars. I’ve had conversations about obscure Tolkien interviews while waiting to use a 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I’ve watched academics leave their long bows and magic swords at the door for paper presentations on Tolkien speculative geography. Once one Ringer spots another, the wheels of fate are set in motion.
In “The Unpayable Debt of Writing Friends,” I talk about how, if it wasn’t for C.S. Lewis, Tolkien may never have finished The Hobbit, and the entire Lord of the Rings legendarium would be in an Oxford archive somewhere. Every true LoTRian would have envied Lewis and his friends as, over several years…
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