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Not All Adventures Begin Well: My Review of Peter Jackson’s Adaptation of The Hobbit

Not all adventures begin well. Certainly, as we have it in Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a hapless Bilbo Baggins all but stumbles into his first adventure, racing off toward the Lonely Mountain without his handkerchief or his pocketbook. Practically naked without … Continue reading

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Is Narnia an Allegory? (A Friday Feature from the Vault)

No. It’s not.   While tempted to leave it at that and produce the shortest blog of history, I think it is important to let the Narnian himself address the question. C.S. Lewis was, after all, a literary scholar who … Continue reading

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Books Long Enough for Tea (a post about a lot of nothing)

One of the legendary sayings of C.S. Lewis is that he has never encountered a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit him. His brevity in writing is well known, yet his true love was … Continue reading

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12 Reasons not to Write Lord of the Rings, or an Ode Against the Muses

I’ve never understood images of the Muses as seducers. Perhaps I am not truly inspired, but I get the same cold, clammy response from the Muses as I did from girls when I was in Junior High School. Fortunately, I … Continue reading

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Is Narnia an Allegory?

No. It’s not. While tempted to leave it at that and produce the shortest blog of history, I think it is important to let the Narnian himself address the question. C.S. Lewis was, after all, a literary scholar who had … Continue reading

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Podcast Discussion on the Hobbit Film at All About Jack

I was thrilled to recently record a podcast on The Hobbit film trilogy. William O’Flaherty is producer and host of All About Jack, as well as the energy behind Essential C.S. Lewis, and a guest blogger here on A Pilgrim in Narnia. Here’s … Continue reading

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Is it Time for Radagast the Brown? (and a note on Middle Earth Wizards)

If you are anything like me, a lover of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth who has only slowly explored all the secrets behind The Lord of the Rings, you may have been surprised by Radagast the Brown. I knew he existed, … Continue reading

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Another Awesome Day at The Wade

Two years ago I wrote a review of the Marion E. Wade Center. It is unusual, perhaps, to write a review about a library, but my 3-day visit in 2012 changed the course of my academic life. While my most … Continue reading

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Pilgrims and Slaves in the Valley of Contemporary Culture

To wander into C.S. Lewis’ fictional worlds is almost always to accompany characters on a journey in that world. All the Narnian stories, I think, have characters on long treks, moving from one place to another. It might be the … Continue reading

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Worst Book Description Ever … And a Note on Cover Art for “Out of the Silent Planet”

After five years away from C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy–or, as I prefer to call it, his Ransom Trilogy, since not all the books occur in space–because of my current research I decided to pick it up again. Since I have … Continue reading

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