“The Inklings & King Arthur Roundtable” with Corey Olsen, Malcolm Guite, Sørina Higgins, and Brenton Dickieson

beardsAs a follow-up to my post last week about the Inklings and Arthur roundtable, editor Sørina Higgins has posted the video of the discussion. It was a lot of fun to be a part of, and I think you’ll find it an engaging way to think about the Arthurian influences of Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings. If you follow the #InklingsAndArthur twitter convo, you’ll note that Sørina felt a bit out-bearded in the roundtable. It seemed to go well anyway. And do make sure to catch our Inklings & Arthur series on Wednesday all winter long!

The Oddest Inkling

This past Monday, Signum University hosted a Signum Symposium roundtable discussion celebrating the release of The Inklings and King Arthur. You can watch the recording of the event here:

Promo for the Book: 

Will King Arthur ever return to England? He already has.

In the midst of war-torn Britain, King Arthur returned in the writings of the Oxford Inklings. Learn how J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield brought hope to their times and our own in their Arthurian literature. Although studies of the “Oxford Inklings” abound, astonishingly enough, none has yet examined their great body of Arthurian work. Yet each of these major writers tackled serious and relevant questions about government, gender, violence, imperialism, secularism, and spirituality through their stories of the Quest for the Holy Grail.

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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8 Responses to “The Inklings & King Arthur Roundtable” with Corey Olsen, Malcolm Guite, Sørina Higgins, and Brenton Dickieson

  1. robstroud says:

    What’s with all the beards? Academic requirement?


    • Ha! I don’t know. We never took a poll before it happened. Probably more of an Arthurian reality.


      • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

        When I saw you chaps (and thought of myself), the title Greybeards at Play sprang to mind – which I had (ahem) never yet got round to reading: remedying this, I find

        Now we are old and wise and grey,
        And shaky at the knees;
        Now is the true time to delight
        In picture books like these

        said by the the 26-year-old Chesterton to his friend, Bentley, the 27-year-old dedicatee…

        Images from the Marx Brothers’ Horse Feathers also swim up from the depths of memory…

        Thanks to the sage young Sørina for bringing us this lively play of minds!


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