Yes, some of the stories here are definitely inspirations for Tolkien and have some nice parallels or things he borrowed, but much of the tales have very little to do with him. All the authors were chosen to be at least five years older than Tolkien. However, many of these stories were really good. Does Aslan offer a solution to the problem of evil? Some of the stories, like Puss-cat Mew, Tolkien actually acknowledged having read and enjoyed as a youth. Authors range from the iconic L. I skipped quite a few of the stories. Lewis and his brother Warnie, which they developed into the chronicles of the kingdom of Boxen, newly published to mark the centenary of the first story.
A Swedish man becomes upset when Christianity comes to the land and replaces the old gods. Which is pure speculation at best. Anderson illuminated the sources, inspirations, and influences that fired J. I can see how many of the stories were influential to him, but the bigger idea is that Fantasy existed before Tolkien and that he launched tales like these to the next level. A quick skimming is perfectly adequate to give me the gist.
I would not recommend this book for pleasure reading. One could better say what else should have been in here or what was missing or why something was missing, but there is also a list of recommended writers at the end. Rider Haggard, which could hold its own in today's market, I think. Some of these writers were real influences on Tolkien --George MacDonald, William Morris, H. Chesterton, and George MacDonald, of whom Lewis would write, 'I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master. I enjoyed Lewis's remarks about Owen Barfield, who became his lifelong friend from undergraduate days.
Now Anderson turns his attention to Tolkien's colleague and friend C. Another story about an enchanted mirror by George MacDonald was included. There are some good stories, particularly in the latter half of the book. Authors include George MacDonald, Andrew Lang, William Morris, Rider Haggard, E. Merritt and Austin Tappan Wright had no proven influence on Tolien, though they were good fantasy writers of the period.
Some of these stories, such as Stockton's, ostensibly take place in this world or at least aren't explicitly set elsewhere. Each selection contains an introduction indicating Lewis's relationship with the work when he read it, what he thought of it, whether he knew the author personally, etc. Still, I would recommend this book, and I may try Tales Before Narnia, edited by the same person. There are many more stories, but I'm not going to go into them. Using exciting biblical parallels, this companion book will lead readers into a deeper understanding of Christ and will help them discover how these tales by C.
In other words, Baumoff crucifies himself. In this volume Douglas Anderson has selected works that represent the influences on the literary sensibility of. Quite a range of tastes and styl Fascinating collection of fairy stories and other fantasy tales by authors that J. Lewis aficionado, I'd recommend this. The contributions are excellent with the little notes prefacing them adding to the fun as Mr. In his acclaimed collection Tales Before Tolkien, Douglas A. The problem with this anthology is that, while most of these stories are decent, none are very memorable.
The Annotated Hobbit won the for scholarship. There's also a companion volume, Tales Before Narnia, which collects fantasy that may have influenced C. I also enjoy the author's story introductions and the fact that he doesn't try to force the idea that Tolkien read each of these or that each influenced him. Looks fun so far, just a collection of pre-Tolkien fantasy which may or may not have influenced him-- with some it is clear he had at least read the authors, with others it's speculation, but in any case it seems very nice as a reader of early fantasy as in, from the Romantic era with one German tale right up until the first half of the 20th century. Anderson illuminated the sources, inspirations, and influences that fired J. One will find here all sorts of components to Lewis's Chronicles White Witches, magic wardrobes, magical beings, talking animals, kings, battles, magical woods, etc. Wyke-Smith chapter of The Marvellous Land of the Snergs , and others.
Lewis movies there has been a voluminous amount of new public C. Each one comes with an introduction that explains each story's connection however tenuous with Lewis and why it has been included. When you set out to correct his heresies, you find that he forsooth has decided to correct yours! Though many of the chosen pieces are apt, and provide a template of sorts for components of Lewis's works particularly The Chronicles of Narnia, Space Trilogy, and The Screwtape Letters , others are slightly more obscure. Douglas Anderson of The Annotated Hobbit collected and introduces these 21 stories or parts of stories. As you can see, there's a lot of variety.