The Tolkien-Lewis “Friend-valry”

A good short read about J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I especially liked how Lewis figured Ransom as a kind of Tolkien, and Tolkien figured Lewis as a kind of Treebeard, even down to his deep voice and constant throat-clearing.

But what is most interesting is how Tolkien, and another scholar named Henry Victor Dyson, successfully evangelized Lewis: by appealing to Lewis’ own beliefs, based on their deep knowledge of his personality and character. Tolkien, at least, was a close friend. All were Inklings. They were both very much like him, and appealed to him from familiarity.

The article mentions Tolkien’s dislike for the Chronicles of Narnia, which he judged cringe-worthy. But all children’s literature must be basic; the CoN were excellent at presenting Christian allegory at the level of a child. I thought this judgment, if recalled accurately, to be unfair.

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