2014 C.S. Lewis Festival Focus on “A Quest for Meaning”

A Quest for Meaning  NARNIA (2014)October 24th kicks off this year’s weekend for the C.S. Lewis Festival that is now celebrating it’s twelfth year in  Petoskey, Michigan. There theme, “A Quest for Meaning” was chosen because they will have an advanced screening of a new documentary film about “myth, imagination and faith in the lives & literature of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.” This will take place a Petoskey Middle School Auditorium at 7:30 PM on the 24th (Friday night). This is a free event, but most of the other events are not.

On Saturday, October 25th they will have four sessions as part of a “Saturday Seminar” (click here for pricing details). It runs from 9 o’clock until 3 in the afternoon and includes a questions and answers panel discussion with Chip Duncan (one of the filmmakers of “A Quest for Meaning,” and scholars Dr. Verlyn Flieger and Dr. Peter Schakel. Each of these guest will also have their own session. All of these events are held at the North Central Michigan College Library Conference Center.

Among other happenings going on at this annual event is a presentation of Narnia: The Musical. It takes place on the evening of October 25th and afternoon of the 26th. Get ticket information for this and other events by visiting CSLewisFestival.org.


Narnia exec Mark Joseph producing a Tolkien & Lewis Movie

Tolkien & LewisOver the last few years, there have been many starts and stops for movies based on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, including some that focus on his friendship with Narnia writer C.S. Lewis. There are currently at least two Tolkien movies that seem to be nearing production, with at least two more that I know are in varying stages of development. There’s also a TV series that is currently being written. Yep, that’s four different movies and a television series about Tolkien.

Tolkien & Lewis – The story centers on Tolkien’s relationship with his University of Oxford colleague C.S. Lewis, whom Tolkien, a devout Catholic, converted to Christianity. The formerly agnostic Lewis’ newfound faith infused his most popular books, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, while Lewis in turn encouraged Tolkien to finish hisThe Lord of the Rings volumes, which were decades in the making. Much of the movie takes place at the beginning of World War II, when Tolkien, a veteran of World War I, is haunted by memories of his fallen friends. Meanwhile, Lewis’ growing fame as an untrained theologian strains his relationship with Tolkien and his university job. Tolkien & Lewis producers include Mark Joseph (ReaganMax Rose), Mark Cooper(Chocolat), Jib Polhemus (The Mechanic), Charles Moore (The Eagle) and Wernher Pramschufer. (via) It is an $18 million drama, and will be produced by UK-based production outfit Attractive Films and directed by Simon West, known for The Expendables 2Con Air, and a certain Rick Astley music video.

Mark Joseph, a producer on Tolkien & Lewis, was also an exec for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).

Tolkien (Working Title) – The Tolkien project is being put together at studio Fox Searchlight by producer Peter Chernin of Chernin Entertainment, which has brought films such as The Heat and Rise of the Planet of the Apes to cinemas in recent years. It will follow in the celluloid footsteps of films such as the Oscar-nominated 2004 J.M. Barrie biopic Finding Neverland, which told the story of the creator of Peter Pan, and this year’s London film festival hit Saving Mr. Banks, which chronicled the history of the spiky inventor of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, and her tussles with Walt Disney over the film adaptation of her book. (via)

I’m not sure of the progress of the other three projects, at this point. These two look closest to production at this point.


Tumnus’ Bookself: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Hobbit Lessons by Devin Brown

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 Tollers, a film about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, is On the Way

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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C.S. Lewis Reviews “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” in Image and Imagination

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.

CBC Radio show Ideas airs two part series on C.S. Lewis and The Inklings

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

(Vote) For Narnia and For Aslan! in Moviefone’s Sequel Smack Down

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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