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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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.



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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Happy 62 Years to Narnia & Win a New Book (Narnia Essentials)

It was 62 years ago today that the first Narnia book was published. That book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in case you didn’t know. These days the books are number by the order of their internal events and it is listed as second. As most of you know the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit was recently celebrated. As a result of this previous milestone (and the fact that a movie is coming out in December), there are several new books discussing Middle Earth. One of the exceptions to this is a book by Dr. Louis Markos that focuses on BOTH Tolkien’s and Lewis’s imaginary land. It’s called On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis.

Dr. Markos has previously written several books related to C.S. Lewis, including Lewis Agonistes: How C.S. Lewis Can Train Us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World and Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis. This new book, On the Shoulders of Hobbits, actually looks at virtue and vice by showing how the various characters in both author’s world dealt with them. The book is divided into four parts that each has four chapters. Dr. Markos examines a single theme-message-moral in each that looks at the nature of goodness and the ill effects of greed (among other topics).

Over at my C.S. Lewis Minute site you can get a chance to win a copy of On the Shoulders of Hobbits and listen to an interview I did with the author. You have to visit the special contest page to enter. Don’t delay as the deadline is Thursday, October 18th!

The Christian World of The HobbitHey, everybody, welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews, where we review any and all books by about and inspired by CS Lewis, The land of Narnia and The Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at Devin Brown’s new book The Christian World of The Hobbit.

Title: The Christian World of the Hobbit

Author: Devin Brown

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN-10: 142674949X


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Christian World of The HobbitHey, everybody, welcome back to Through a New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans.com Interviews. We have an exciting two-part interview series with our long-time friend, Devin Brown, author of the Inside Narnia Series. We will be discussing his brand new book, The Christian World of The Hobbit.

Last time, we spoke with Professor Devin Brown, we talked about his interest in CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, and talked a bit about the classes he teaches on Lewis and Tolkien at Asbury College. Now, we discuss a few details about his new book The Christian World of The Hobbit.

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Devin BrownHey, everybody, welcome back to Through a New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans.com Interviews. We have an exciting two-part interview series with our long-time friend, Devin Brown, author of the Inside Narnia Series. We will be discussing his brand new book, The Christian World of The Hobbit.


For the first part of our series, we’ll catch up with Devin, how he came to discover Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, his courses at Asbury College on Lewis and Tolkien, and, yes, the status of Inside The Silver Chair.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Grandson to Publish Two Fairy Tales UPDATED

While this is not related to CS Lewis directly, this following story does pertain to The Inklings, the group of Oxford professors and writers that included CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Charles Williams and others.  As such this story deals with Tolkien. We received word from Marie King at Thames River Press that two new children’s fairy tales,  authored by Michael Tolkien, the grandson of JRR Tolkien. As a bonus to all lovers of great books and great literature, the audio book versions will be narrated by Gerald Dickens, the grandson of Charles Dickens ( A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and dozens of others.) You can read the press release bellow:

Thames River Press Publishes Fantasy Tales by Tolkien’s Grandson
The grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien collaborates with a descendant of Charles Dickens to bring to the public two new verse fantasy books for children.
Thames River Press, an imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company, announced publication of two narrative fantasy books for children, Rainbow and Wish. Michael Tolkien is a British poet and the eldest grandson of the well-loved author of The Lord of the Rings. He sits on the board of the Tolkien Company and has published several volumes of poetry, but Thames River Press is proud to present his first narrative works, two fantasy tales for children.
The grandson of The Hobbit author was introduced to the tales of Florence Bone (1875–1971) as a child, and later read them to his own children. His desire to pay tribute to a now nearly-forgotten author led him to, as he says, “recreate the spirit of the original in new dress” and can be seen in his new narrative verse works Rainbow and Wish.
Rainbowfollows the journey of its heroine Grace as she explores the wonder of the natural world and tries to complete her journey to beyond the rainbow. Wish is a timeless story that weaves adventure, humour and vivid characterisation into a subtle moral tale as it tells the story of two children who set out to defeat a cunning enchanter who has cast their valley into shadow. These vivid reimaginings of children’s tales are accompanied by beautiful drawings and will appeal to children from the age of eight onwards – as well as to their parents.
The audiobook version will be available for both books as well. The audio version of Wish is narrated by Gerald Dickens, actor and descendant of Charles Dickens (author of the ‘Bleak House’ and ‘Oliver Twist’). Gerald Dickens described Wish as a “timeless story, which children will enjoy for years to come. Michael Tolkien has brought it to life in narrative verse.”
The two stories are to be published in autumn, after a launch at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the non-English language rights will soon be available for sale. About Thames River Press Thames River Press is a multifaceted imprint of the Wimbledon Publishing Company dedicated to publishing original works of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.


Personally, I think this sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to read them.


UPDATE: I just got word from Marie King at Thames River Press, and the books will see a November 1st release date in the UK and in the USA.


UPDATE 2 : I just heard from Marie King at Thames River Press, and the release date for both books has been pushed back to December 1st.

Win A New Book About The Hobbit

Devin Brown, author of Inside Narnia and two other books about Narnia has written a new book about The Hobbit. It’s called The Christian World of The Hobbit. The book doesn’t release until next month, but if you visit a special page over at the C.S. Lewis Minute, you can get a chance to win an autographed copy of it now. This contest is for U.S. residents only and you must visit the C.S. Lewis Minute site to enter to win. Deadline is tomorrow, Sunday, September 23rd at 6 p.m. Eastern.
You can also hear an exclusive interview with Devin Brown about the book and C.S. Lewis’s connection to The Hobbit by going to All About Jack podcast page.