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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It’s been too long since since I’ve had a Tolkien read for the Inklings Series (January!!), so I thought this would be a good one to get back into Tolkien’s world. Also, you’ll have two months to read this one, as it will be for August!
ALSO! NEW! EXCITING! FUN! Starting in August, I’ll provide the link up, so if you want to have your post on the same day about it (it can be a review, favorite parts, funny bits a.k.a. anything you want about the book!), then we can have them all in one spot! I thought I’d try it for a few in case friends wanted to add more thoughts.
Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and provides those who have read The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories from the twentieth century’s most acclaimed popular author. The book concentrates on the realm of Middle-earth and comprises such elements as Gandalf’s lively account of how it was that he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan.
Unfinished Tales also contains the only story about the long ages of Númenor before its downfall, and all that is known about such matters as the Five Wizards, the Palantíri and the legend of Amroth.
The tales were collated and edited by J.R.R. Tolkien’s son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien, who provides a short commentary on each story, helping the reader to fill in the gaps and put each story into the context of the rest of his father’s writings.
Discussion date: August 17, 2016
(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
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