Tag Archives: c. s. lewis

Smoke and Mirrors

In his Guest of Honour speech at Mythcon 35 (2004), Neil Gaiman revealed his childhood response to Lord of the Rings like this: “I came to the conclusion that Lord of the Rings was, most probably, the best book that … Continue reading

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On Fairy Stories

Some people have asked me if they can read Tolkien’s essay online, and I promised to post a link. So here it is: On Fairy Stories. This is a .pdf file so it’s easy enough to work with. It is … Continue reading

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George MacDonald

Born in 1824, George MacDonald was tremendously influential in relation to the development of fantasy writing. He wrote a wide range of fairy tales and work primarily aimed at children, but also produced novels for adults – most importantly Phantastes … Continue reading

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Group work

Several years ago, while I was teaching in Dublin, I got the opportunity to join a varied group of colleagues – historians, classicists, modern language specialists – in an Old Norse reading group. Once a week we gathered in a … Continue reading

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‘Quite the most precious gift’

This is what Ruskin called a set of drawings by Burne-Jones, which Ruskin included in the resources he assembled for teaching at his Oxford Drawing School. This collection was incorporated into the Ashmolean in the twentieth century and you can … Continue reading

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