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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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  • 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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3 Responses

  1. I would also add this: Lewis nominated Tolkien for the Nobel prize in Literature for The Lord of the Rings. Why would he have done that if their friendship had “cooled off” as Carpenter suggests? Did Tolkien know that Lewis had done this? This was something that hardly anyone knew about until the information was released fifty years or so later on who the runners up were. But then, we have all drunk the Humphrey Carpenter and Tom Shippey cool-aids. Kudos to all three of you for this episode. Bravo Brava!

      1. Yes, I remember reading this or maybe a similar article. That one jury member was another typical literati critic. He very obviously had no appreciation for high epic romance fantasy.


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