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A Hobbit a Wardrobe and a Great War

Uest 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 no Hobbit no  Lord of the Rings no  Narnia and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C S LewisUnlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible Tolkien and. Many years ago I fell down the WWI rabbit hole and I still wander there freuently Recently I took another plunge with A World Undone by GJ Meyer and this excellent little book This book referred to many of the books and authors I had already read so it was like visiting old friends This is an easy conversational read

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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. I ll admit I know shockingly little about WWI Like many a teenage girl I went through a season where I read all the WWII fiction I could get my hands on but I never was all that interested in completing my knowledge of history I found this book fascinating I knew very little of the WWI history that Loconte recounts in the first few chapters and only had the merest outline of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien s biographies from that era I love books like this where the author has done a great deal of research can retell the great themes of that research with clarity and interest I especially found myself captivated by the chapter That Hideous Strength as he recalled how the great themes of the Great War informed Lewis and Tolkien s understanding of how evil works Not many sign up to do great evil they simply long for power expedience and think they can use evil without being mastered by it Loconte shows how the moral lessons they learned in war informed the stories they both created I think he nails exactly what makes these stories so compelling to readers None of the characters is above the deceptive allure of power 160 Each character is a moral agent vulnerable to temptation and corruption 164 but nonetheless given responsibility to make choices that will affect the fates of those around them These are not larger than life heroes conuering by the sheer force of their will but hobbits modeled after ordinary Englishmen and children who have to make choices that really do matter What each man experienced during war adds ballast to the moral weight of their stories

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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 LewisThe 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. A good book but a number of flaws keep this from being a truly great bookThe first is that there is simply not enough material about the war time experiences of Tolkien and Lewis to form the basis of solid book length treatment Secondly the book is just riddled with minor errors that will be easily recognizable to any fan of the books that somehow escaped the editor Usually these are in the form of misattributions and simple confusion and misidentification but they are annoying especially when the author is using and perhaps over relying on the text of the books to prove his points Thirdly the approach that the author gives to the text is far too loose for my tastes If you want to say that a piece of text relates to the author s war time experiences I d prefer much solid evidence Fourthly at least for my part most of the book was well covered ground and well known to me The unusual focus on the little explored portion of Lewis and Tolkien s life proved mainly to instruct that it is little focused on because there is little definite to say about it Finally this book is going to be really of no use whatsoever to a non Christian audience as it is far too clear that the author is not merely a historian building a literary and historical case but is also an evangelist that admires the works as sermons and wishes to expand upon them Even as a sympathetic ear that agrees that the books work as sermons and has taught doctrine from them this inability to choose between the unbiased voice of the historian and the passionate voice of the evangelist is a bit jarringStill for all that I can recommend the book to a limited audience of Christian readers that have some knowledge of the works but don t already have a lot of insight in to the minds of the authors who created them To them it will likely be a revelation Even for someone like myself who have read the works dozens of times read all manner of unpublished notes by Tolkien many books of literary criticism and interpretation of the works and dug into the text in fandom circles to levels that will seem absurd to many there were still occasionally unlooked for vistas which were like looking out on a well known valley from vantages you d never seen beforeIn particular I was struck by Loconte s interpretation of the mindset of Tolkien after the great war that lead him to create his work The idea of Tolkien passing through the great war seeing the broken state of his nation weeping and then deliberately and consciously taking up the burden of healing his entire nation by bringing them a myth that reflected to them divine revelation just leaves me in renewed awe Who does that sort of thing Can you just conceive what the mind must be like that in the middle of its tears says My nation is broken Their myths about themselves have deluded and failed them and they have no stories of their own to fall back on I know I ll give them a new story a great story a light to lead them out of this dark place My jaw hits the floor The vision of the Good Professor once again humbles all my understandingIt is easy to see why he is often imitated uite often scorned occasionally mocked and yet no one has really come even close to eualing his work


10 thoughts on “A Hobbit a Wardrobe and a Great War

  1. says:

    This book was supposed to explain the relationship between WWI and the origin of Tolkien's and Lewis' most famous works T

  2. says:

    This is a fascinating look at the experiences of two young men in WWI and how it affected their writing their faith and their spiritual uest JRRTolkien and CSLewis first met at Oxford in 1926 but they shared an experience of the Great War which deepened their friendship Although I have read Tolkien’s biography I knew very little about CS

  3. says:

    A good book but a number of flaws keep this from being a truly great bookThe first is that there is simply not e

  4. says:

    With this book Professor Loconte looks at the friendship between CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien how their experience in the Great

  5. says:

    Many years ago I fell down the WWI rabbit hole and I still wander there freuently Recently I took another plunge with A World Undone by GJ Meyer and this excellent little book This book referred to many of the books and a

  6. says:

    The Great War shattered the complacency of the West Flanders’ Fields exploded the myth of Progress that strange concatenation of Technological and Social Darwinism of Social Gospel and Hard Science Dissolution disillusi

  7. says:

    With the exception of the Bible no books has impacted my life like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the seven books of the Narnia series CS

  8. says:

    I'll admit I know shockingly little about WWI Like many a teenage girl I went through a season where I read all the WWII

  9. says:

    For a certain group JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis are such a part of the literary imaginative and spiritual landscape that their insights are taken for granted The timeless ualities of their work have divorced it from any consideration of the time in which the two men lived and wrote Familiarity has bred contempt What Joseph Loconte attempts in A Hobbit a Wardrobe and a Great War is to place Tolkien and Lewis firmly back into their historical c

  10. says:

    I've read bundles of fiction and nonfiction books on World War II but not World War I How did fascism Nazism communism and eugenics take root after WWI? Why did people support narcissistic leaders that became despots that ruled in terror and greed creating violent totalitarian governments as their unchecked po

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