A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War

A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War

How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18

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The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence-and the end of faith. Yet for J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been noHobbit, noLord of the Rings, noNarnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780718021771
0718021770
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Aug 29, 2015

Although it mostly consists of anti-German propaganda and smearing as part of perks being victors of war's, it rarely reflects back to Tolkiens and Lewis's respective novels but goes into Christianity in their lives. It does justice by going into the racket of war and how two young men rediscovered their faith and friendship.

However the parts that do go into the lore of their novels indicates there was not as much allegory one would think based on their experiences but rather the pain and suffering. Was Tolkiens depiction of Sam and Frodo was of each other? Lewis and Tolkien there back again surviving the horrors? That is for you to decide.

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