A Storied Friendship: A Look into the Lives of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

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Title:
A Storied Friendship: A Look into the Lives of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
Author:
Oxnam, Danielle Marie
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
This paper focuses on the monumental friendship between two iconic writers of the twentieth century, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Meeting early during their careers as Oxford professors in the 1920s, the two men soon became close through their shared love of literature, language, and Christianity. Over the course of their 35-year friendship they enjoyed many powerful, enigmatic discussions and encouraged one another to pursue writing in their own ways. Out of this camaraderie The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, two iconic series of the modern age, were born. In these novels lives the powerful spirit and complex intrigue of both Lewis and Tolkien. Their complex imaginations, love of mythology, and above all fascination with the Christian narrative contributed to the success of their novels and are responsible for their continued relevance today. Without the support of the other, neither man seems likely to have completed their famous works on their own or to have developed such a strong and profound Christian faith. This paper seeks to explore the meaningful friendship that so shaped the personal lives and careers of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; History
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Clancy-Smith, Julia

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleA Storied Friendship: A Look into the Lives of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkienen_US
dc.creatorOxnam, Danielle Marieen
dc.contributor.authorOxnam, Danielle Marieen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper focuses on the monumental friendship between two iconic writers of the twentieth century, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Meeting early during their careers as Oxford professors in the 1920s, the two men soon became close through their shared love of literature, language, and Christianity. Over the course of their 35-year friendship they enjoyed many powerful, enigmatic discussions and encouraged one another to pursue writing in their own ways. Out of this camaraderie The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, two iconic series of the modern age, were born. In these novels lives the powerful spirit and complex intrigue of both Lewis and Tolkien. Their complex imaginations, love of mythology, and above all fascination with the Christian narrative contributed to the success of their novels and are responsible for their continued relevance today. Without the support of the other, neither man seems likely to have completed their famous works on their own or to have developed such a strong and profound Christian faith. This paper seeks to explore the meaningful friendship that so shaped the personal lives and careers of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorClancy-Smith, Juliaen
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