The Inklings Series is a monthly series featuring the works of my two favorites, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, or books about them. But I don’t want it to be just me chatting about these books, so that’s where y’all come in! I’ll announce the book at least four weeks in advance of when the discussion post will go live, so you have plenty of time to get the book and read it. Then, the following month, I’ll post a discussion post and let the fun begin!! Here you’ll be able to find the latest book we’re reading and check out the ones we’ve already discussed (please feel free to add your thoughts to those too).
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Every year we also celebrate Inklings Week! It’s a fabulous week focused on Tollers and Jack. If you missed them, you can find them here:
I hope y’all had a blast during Inklings Week! I had a lot of fun and am already looking forward to 2018! Meet up in England? 🙂 It seems like it’s been a minute since we’ve read a biography on our boys, so that brings me to this little gem I’ve had on my shelf for a while!
The Oxford Inklings: Their Lives, Writings, Ideas, and Influence by Colin Duriez
The Inklings were an influential group, along the lines of the Lake Poets or the Bloomsbury Group. Acclaimed author Colin Duriez explores their lives, their writings, their ideas, and, crucially, the influence they had on each other. Examining the clear purpose behind the group while celebrating its diversity and lack of formality, Duriez explains how this eclectic group of friends, without formal membership, agenda, and minutes, could have a program that shaped the publication and ideas of the leading participants. The Inklings met weekly for many years in Oxford, to discuss and read their writings—conversation was as important to them as writing—and so the city of Oxford, and its pubs where conversations were borne out, feature, as does the Christian faith of the defining members, which influenced them greatly. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were at the group’s center, but who else was involved, and why do Owen Barfield and Charles Williams matter so much? The Oxford Inklings explores the complex and fascinating interactions of the group, including the women on the fringes, such as Dorothy L. Sayers and Lewis’s wife, Joy Davidman.
Discussion date: June 22, 2017
You can find all of the previous discussions here! Please feel free to join in any of them. You can never talk to much about Tolkien or Lewis!
(Please feel free to still join in any of the discussions!)
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis | May 21, 2014
The Children of Húrin by J. R. R. Tolkien | June 18, 2014
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis | July 16, 2014
Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of a Friendship by Colin Duriez | August 20, 2104
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis | September 17, 2014
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien | October 15, 2014
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis | November 19, 2014
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien | January 21, 2015
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis | February 18, 2015
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis | March 18, 2015
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien | April 15, 2015
If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis by Alister McGrath | May 20, 2015
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis | June 17, 2015
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien | July 15, 2015
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis | August 19, 2015
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis | September 16, 2015
Bedelived by Colin Duriez | October 21, 2015
Mere Christianity By C.S. Lewis | November 18, 2015
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, Part 1 | December 16, 2015
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, Part 2 | January 20, 2016
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis | February 17, 2016
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph Loconte | March 16, 2016
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis | April 20, 2016
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis | May 18, 2016
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis | June 15, 2016
Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien | August 31, 2016
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis | September 21, 2016
All Hallow’s Eve by Charles Williams | October 19, 2016
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis | November 16, 2016
Bilbo’s Last Song and Boxen by Tolkien and Lewis | December 21, 2016
Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis | January 19, 2017
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by J.R.R. Tolkien | February 16, 2017
That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis | March 16, 2017
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis | April 20, 2017
From the Library of C. S. Lewis by James Stuart Bell & Anthony P. Dawson | May 18, 2017
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