“In Tolkien’s view the important secret of the human heart is this longing for the real happy ending. And the most important thing about this longing is that it can be satisfied.”
— Richard Purtill, from his book Lord of the Elves and Eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
Millions of people the world over have read J.R.R. Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and millions more have read C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. And perhaps just as many have seen the films based on these works. But not too many realize the deep Christian underpinnings of the works of both men.
Ignatius Press has launched a new website, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: Masters of Christian Storytelling (www.TolkienLewisBooks.com) which delves into the profound religious background of Tolkien and Lewis. Featuring books by best-selling authors such as Peter Kreeft, Joseph Pearce, Richard Purtill and others, video links featuring presentations by many of the same authors, and a plethora of articles on Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings, this site offers a goldmine of information for anyone wanting a closer look at the mythic worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia.
Some sample links:
Books exploring the life and writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Contemporary Christian fiction in the footsteps of Tolkien and Lewis.
Articles on Tolkien and Lewis.
A one-hour video of a talk by Catholic novelist Michael D. O’Brien on “Catholic Fiction and Restoring Culture”.
Ignatius Press author Joseph Pearce on EWTN Live discussing Tolkien, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.