A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18Joseph Loconte, Joe Loconte
The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women... Read More
The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been no Hobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis.
Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Jun 30, 2015
- UPC: 9780718021764
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 256
- Publish Date: Jun 30, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL013000"
- ISBN: 0718021762
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- War, Faith and Fantasy: How a World Conflict Shaped 2 Great Works of Literature by Gina on 9/22/2015
This book provides a detailed look at the world from 1900 to after World War I its impact had on the lives and fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Joseph Loconte does not shy away from the horrors of trench warfare that both men experienced first hand. World War I was more devastating than any war the world had seen before. The sheer number of casualties was stunning, but the condition of the trenches that 100s’ of thousands of soldiers lived and fought in daily was horrifying.
After the war, public opinion turned against war, noble causes, liberal democracy and Christianity - all of which had been used as a call to arms. Rather than succumb to this, however, Tolkien and Lewis came out with a different mindset. Tolkien created the beginnings of his hobbit on the battlefield, and Lewis, an atheist before the war, came out ripe for conversion. He became a Christian in 1935 after many discussions, including those with his close friend, Tolkien. Loconte explains how the war and its aftermath shaped the harsh realities of war, evil, loss and death in “The Hobbit” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” and couched it in classic mythology. Why did their books stood out from public opinion and still were popular? This book answers how the war, its effect and their resulting friendship that shaped these novels.
I received this book for review; all opinions are my own.