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The Inklings and Others: Tolkien and His Contemporaries

Author: David Bratman
Edition/Format: Chapter Chapter : English
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J. R. R. Tolkien's relationship with the Inklings was complex. Some scholars have considered them almost interchangeable; others as independent with no similarity. This essay considers theirs and the Inklings' own view of the group's nature, and considers the relationships between Tolkien's fiction and that of his fellow Inklings C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams, in the context of the taxa of fantasy. Williams had  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: David Bratman
ISBN: 9781118517468; 9780470659823
Publication:Lee, Stuart D.; Context; A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien; 317-334; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd : Oxford, UK
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5593143371
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J. R. R. Tolkien's relationship with the Inklings was complex. Some scholars have considered them almost interchangeable; others as independent with no similarity. This essay considers theirs and the Inklings' own view of the group's nature, and considers the relationships between Tolkien's fiction and that of his fellow Inklings C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams, in the context of the taxa of fantasy. Williams had been invited to the Inklings by Lewis; remarkably, Lewis wrote similarly to three of the other greatest fantasy writers of the time: E. R. Eddison, T. H. White, and Mervyn Peake. The essay discusses parallels between their works and Tolkien's, and such mutual opinions as are known. Lastly, the essay discusses Tolkien as a writer of high fantasy, and compares him with the leading writers of his time of heroic fantasy, the Weird Tales triumvirate of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith.

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