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  1. ‘Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’: A Reminder To Tolkien Fans Of Their First Love : NPR

    Fans of Middle Earth tend to fall in love with The Hobbit as children, says self-described "Tolkien professor" Corey Olsen. But once they move on to The Lord of the Rings, they never come back. That’s a great shame, he says, so he’s written his own book to honor the classic fantasy novel.

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  2. Terri Windling: Reflections on Fantasy Literature in the Post-Tolkien Era

    Terri Windling speaks at the fourth annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College Oxford. erri Windling is a writer, editor, and artist specialising in fantasy literature and mythic arts. She has published over forty books, winning nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and placing on the short lists for the Tiptree and Shirley Jackson Awards. She received the S.F.W.A. Solstice Award in 2010 for ‘outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor’.

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  3. Lewis and Tolkien: G.K. Chesterton, Myth, and the Imagination

    This video looks at the influence of G.K. Chesterton and fantasy literature on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The Inklings did not invent fantasy fiction, but they were inspired by G.K. Chesterton to make their fiction Christian inspired. This video explains how.

    For the best books on Tolkien and his background check these out:

    Tom Shippey’s biography: Classic biography: The Road to Middle Earth:

    For the best books on C.S. Lewis and his background:

    George Sayer’s biography ‘Jack’: Alan Jacob’s book ‘The Narnian’: Michael Ward ‘Planet Narnia’:

    Ryan M. Reeves (PhD Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Twitter: Instagram:


    This is Lecture 5 in the course ‘Lewis and Tolkienl’. All material is copyrighted.

    For the entire course, see the playlist:

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