The Tolkien Road

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0266 » Tolkien vs. Narnia!

The conventional wisdom says that JRR Tolkien didn’t much care for his buddy C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

Is this true? If so, what was so off-putting about the stories from Tolkien’s perspective?

In episode 266, John is joined by Holly Ordway (author of Tolkien’s Modern Reading) and David Bates (of Pints With Jack, the C.S. Lewis podcast) to explore these questions and more. Join us!


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  • John R
  • Ms. Anonymous
  • Redhawk
  • Kaitlyn of Tea With Tolkien


  • Tolkien’s View of Narnia » 2:30 
  • WHY Did Tolkien Hold This View? » 10:45 
  • Tolkien’s View of Lewis’ Space Trilogy » 16:45 
  • Tolkien’s View of His Earlier Works (Hobbit, Roverandom, etc) » 26:45 
  • Narnia vs. The Wind in the Willows » 34:15 
  • Tolkien’s Fr. Christmas Letters » 41:45 
  • Tolkien, Lewis, Númenor, and LOTR on Prime » 48:00



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Tolkien vs. Narnia Episode 266 Pints With Jack Holly Ordway C.S. Lewis

0266 » Tolkien vs. Narnia!

In this episode, we take a close look at “The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor” from Unfinished Tales! It’s a brief and fascinating account of the 3000 year history of Númenor, and contains a lot that needs to be unpacked!

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