Tolkien and Lewis // The Authors Themselves


J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were both contemporaries, scholars, writers, and advocates of the imagination. They both created series that are now famous not only for their endearing characters and thrilling plots, but for their steadfast morals as well.
To compare and contrast and to better understand these two authors, I'll be doing a series on here that will explore their similarities and differences, as well as their relationship.
Today, I'm just going to give you a little background information on who they were, where they lived, and the like.


J.R.R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reul Tolkien)

 Born: January 3rd,  1892 
 Died: September 2nd, 1973 
 Lived: Born in Africa, lived in England majority of life.
 Spouse: Edith Bratt (1916-1971)
 Religion: Roman Catholic

Tolkien is best known for his creation of the vast fictional world known as Middle Earth. He believed that fantasy worlds and characters such as in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings held truths applicable to our lives today. 

Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic, and he says that "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." Though it is not outwardly stated, there are several parallels in the chronicles of Middle Earth that can  be drawn to the legacy of the Catholic faith.  Read a full account of Tolkien's life here

C.S. Lewis (Clives Staples Lewis)

Born: November 29th, 1898  
Died: November 22nd, 1963
Lived: Born in Ireland, moved to England during teen years.
Spouse: Helen Joy Davidman (1915-1960)
Religion: Raised Christian and became an atheist at age 15. Returned to Christianity (specifically, the Church of England)  under the influence of J.R.R. Tolkien, George Macdonald, and G.K. Chesterton

Famous for creating the well known Chronicles of Narnia series, C.S. Lewis is also widely acclaimed for his Christian philosophy novels such as The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. Christian morals can be seen plainly in his works, as well as his love of fairytales and folk lore.  Read a full account of Lewis' life here


And there are the very basic facts to start off our study! If you have any requests as to what topic in this subject you'd like me to research, let me know. Coming up, we'll be delving deeper into how these authors' faiths influenced their writing, how the movie adaptations of their most famous books are compared to the books, and other interesting topics.

~ K A T H R Y N


  1. Oooh, this looks great! I can't wait for the next part, I'll definitely be reading it! :)

    ~Lydia~ <3

  2. Cool! I'm currently reading Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis!



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