C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Christ

April 12, 2007 by  
Filed under Tolkien

What are friends for? Well for one thing, helping us to answer the most import questions of life… right?

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien by all accounts were indeed very good friends. They worked together and they shared a love of literature, language, and of course, fairy tales. At the beginning they did not share a love of Christ… in fact at one point Lewis said that “myths” were lies… his friend Tolkien led him to see otherwise.

According to the Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C.S._Lewis

Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, and both were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the “Inklings”. Due in part to Tolkien’s influence, Lewis converted to Christianity, becoming “a very ordinary layman of the Church of England”. (Lewis 1952, pp. 6) His conversion had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim. Late in life he married the American writer Joy Gresham, who died of bone cancer four years later at the age of 45.

The “Seek God” website (http://www.seekgod.ca/lewis.htm) relates that…

It was J.R.R Tolkien who, as a professor of Anglo-Saxon language at Oxford University, led a colleague to embrace Christ in 1929. The colleague was C.S. Lewis, who would go on to become a stalwart apologist for the Christian faith. Lewis also wrote a Christian fantasy series, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” along with apologetic works such as “Mere Christianity,” and “The Problem of Pain.”

You may agree, irrespective of your world view, that these two wonderful men left us quite a legacy. They left us marvelous stories, they left us wonderful examples of Christian men living and working for our Lord. For me… they’ve left a desire to see through their allegorical stories… to see the Real Story behind their words.

Oh, and by the way… the person in my life who helped me to see the truth of Christ was my mother. Thankfully, today she’s also one of my closest friends.