The Friendship of Tolkien and Lewis
I am looking forward to the Desiring God National Conference on C.S. Lewis, including the talk by Colin Duriez on “The Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.” (Duriez is the author of the book, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship.) The two gifted friends were uniquely encouraging to each other both professionally and personally (Tolkien played a key role in Lewis’s conversion; Lewis acted as a literary midwife of sorts for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings)—but sadly, the two men eventually had a falling out.
Christopher Mitchell (of the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University) has given a lecture on “Lewis and Tolkien: Scholars and Friends”: