Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NariaFans Book Reviews where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, the Land of Narnia, JRR Tolkien and the Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at Devin Brown’s new book, Hobbit Lessons.HobbitLessonscover

Title: Hobbit Lessons

Author: Devin Brown

Publisher: Abingdon

ISBN-10: 1426776020

ISBN-13: 978-1426776021

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Jack and TollersWe’ve heard some very good news this week.  There is, in fact, a film about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien coming in the very near future.

Written by Darren Jacobs and Dr. Louis Markos, this is a film that has been planned for many years.  It’s a dream project for everyone involved, and they want to make the best movie possible.  One that captures the friendship of these two writers in a very real way.

Here’s a description from their Indiegogo campaign page.

Many know that C.S. Lewis wrote THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA.  Most know J.R.R.Tolkien wrote THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Each of these series have sold more than 100 million copies, translated into dozens of languages and enjoyed the world over in cinema.

What most do not know is that Lewis and Tolkien were close friends. Their unique friendship, one that was turbulent, supportive, joyous and raucous, helped create two of the most iconic stories of the 20th century.

JACK AND TOLLERS is the true story of the friendship of Lewis and Tolkien.  It will give you a glimpse into the souls of these incredible Men of Letters. Until now, there has never been a major motion picture depicting their unique friendship.  For the global fan base of both authors and indeed the fantasy genre itself, we are excited to
say that the time has come to move forward into production.

The movie is already funded, but they’re running the campaign so that fans like us can be a part of the movie, so let’s get behind it in a big way, and like their page, and share it.  Please do us a favor and like their page.

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Image and Imagination - C.S. LewisA new book published this week features reviews that C.S. Lewis wrote on J.R.R. Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and each part of The Lord of the Rings.  That book is called Image and Imagination.

This selection from the writings of C. S. Lewis gathers together forty book reviews, never before reprinted, as well as four major essays which have been unavailable for many decades. A fifth essay, ‘Image and Imagination,’ is published for the first time. Taken together, the collection presents some of Lewis’s finest literary criticism and religious exposition. The essays and reviews substantiate his reputation as an eloquent and authoritative critic across a wide range of literature, and as a keen judge of contemporary scholarship, while his reviews of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will be of additional interest to scholars and students of fantasy.

This book is available in paperback and for Amazon Kindle.

Here’s a short excerpt from Lewis’ review of The Hobbit to give you an idea of what you’ll find in this book:

Though all is marvellous, nothing is arbitrary: all the inhabitants of Wilderland seem to have the same unquestionable right to their existence as those of our own world, though the fortunate child who meets them will have no notion—and his unlearned elders not much more—of the deep sources in our blood and tradition from which they spring.

For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be undertaken in the nursery. Alice is read gravely by children and with laughter by grown ups; The Hobbit, on the other hand, will be funnier to its youngest readers, and only years later, at a tenth or a twentieth reading, will they begin to realise what deft scholarship and profound reflection have gone to make everything in it so ripe, so friendly, and in its own way so true. Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.

The InklingsThe CBC radio show “Ideas” ran a two part series on C.S Lewis and the Inklings.

In the first podcast Frank Faulk explores the early life of C.S. Lewis, and the experiences that would shape him on his journey to becoming one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers and writers on Christianity.  In part two Faulk looks at C.S. Lewis’s conversion from atheism to Christianity, and his deep friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams; who were the core of the legendary literary group The Inklings at Oxford University. They were united by a love of myth and the belief that it is through the imagination that reality is illuminated.

You can download Part One and Part Two here.  It may only be available for six months.

Part 1 runs 00:53:59. Part 2 runs 00:54:00.

 

 

Register today for the C.S. Lewis Fall Conference!

C.S. Lewis FoundationThere are only 3 more days to receive the early bird discount off the normal registration rates! Register by Monday evening, September 30th to save.

Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the legacy of C.S. Lewis at our Fall Conference, November 8-10, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Our theme is “The Forge of Friendship: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Impulse.”

Few friendships have managed to have more impact than the one between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. These two writers spurred each other on to create literature that continues to inspire millions of minds, hearts, and souls around the world.

What made these men so successful in combining the worlds of reason and imagination? What concepts did they use that will help us influence our world today? Come to Houston this fall and explore how Lewis and Tolkien, by pursuing their creativity and friendship, can inspire us to do the same!

Featuring: Devin Brown, Diana Pavlac Glyer, Malcolm Guite, Max McLean, Andrew Lazo, Louis Markos, and the Ad Deum Dance Company.

Visit our Fall Conference website for more information.

Register now. Financial aid for the event is available upon request.

* programming and line up of speakers and performers is subject to change

vsMoviefone is holding a Summer Sequel Smack Down.  In the running for the best Fantasy sequel, we have four franchises in the running: The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and Twilight.  It stands to reason that The Lord of the Rings and Narnia should outclass Harry Potter and Twilight, but that will only happen if we work together.  If you watched what happened with the MTV Movie Awards, the Twilight fans are prepared to do whatever it takes, by whatever means, to try and win for their cast.  This is our chance to put Narnia into the limelight, where it belongs.

Moviefone asked me to write up a few hundred words for why I feel each of the Narnia movies is better than the Harry Potter films it is up against.   I had a bit of fun with it, as I’ve only seen the two Harry Potter films once or twice.

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A Great Mug for Reading a Book: Literary Lover’s Mug

Literature Lovers Mug“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis.  That quote adorns a mug that also lists the names of the top fantasy and science fiction writers of all time.  The list was compiled by members of the Middle-earth Network.

The fonts and borders on the mug are from William Morris, who was a profound influence on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, as well as many fantasy writers that followed.

Morris was also one of the driving forces behind the ‘Arts & Crafts’ movement that took place during the 1800′s.  A great way to show off your literary tastes!

You can get the mug today from Middle-Earth Network’s Market: Literary Lover’s Mug.

The NarniaFans 2012 Christmas Gift Guide

So Christmas is coming fast and you are probably wondering what to get the people on your list? Well have no fear, NarniaFans is here to help you make your season merry and bright .Here are a few suggestions to help you out.

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Not long ago I spoke with Dr. Louis Markos about his latest book, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis. The result was a podcast on another site I do. Around this time I gave you a chance here to win a copy. In addition to providing you with the highlights of that interview below, you have another chance to win it and several other books, like those shown at the right (if you are reading this by December 4th). Visit my entry about the contest over at my C.S. Lewis Minute Blog for details.

Dr. Markos is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University. He has written several books only about C.S. Lewis, including Lewis Agonistes and Restoring Beauty. Currently he is doing a series at his blog called A to Z with C.S. Lewis. As noted, the following is some of his key comments from an interview about On the Shoulders of Hobbits. If you want to hear the entire interview you can visit the post at All About Jack podcast.

O’Flaherty:  Describe some of the process that lead up to the release of On the Shoulders of Hobbits.

Markos: This book should have come out last fall, because last fall the movie on The Hobbit was suppose to come out…it’s something that’s been germinating for about five or six year for me. It started when I taught a class on The Chronicles of Narnia and then the following year I taught on The Hobbit. Afterward I realized there weren’t many books dealing with both. When you look carefully and put the books side-by-side, it is amazing how much they have in common, (which includes) their view of virtue and vice and  their view of being a pilgrim on the road.

O’Flaherty: Some are not familiar with the personal connection between Lewis and Tolkien, so tell us about that.

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The late Pauline Baynes illustrated hundreds of books and created iconic images associated with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series.  Baynes, an artist who breathed life into much-loved literary characters through her intricate illustrations, will be honored in a Christmas exhibition.

The Museum of Farnham is set to celebrate her life and work with a festive exhibition of more than 30 illustrations.  The exhibition, An Artist’s Imagination, opens this Saturday (December 1) and runs until January 12. The Museum of Farnham is open Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm.  Farnham is a town in Surrey, England.

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