C. S. Lewis was a fierce believer in God, imagination, and friendship. He spoke about those three things with a lot of passion and frequency. The latter two especially fueled his beloved Narnia books. Though they contain potential religious allegories every which way, the books are valuable as monuments to creativity and friendship. They’re brimming with care, and Lewis’ whimsy is on every page.
Take a few minutes to remember why you loved Lewis. Here are ten Lewis quotes that’ll remind you of all the good out there. Enjoy!
1. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
2. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.
3. If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.
4. I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.
5. You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
6. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
7. The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.”
8. Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.
9. Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
10. It is the stupidest children who are most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are most grown-up.
“For good times and bad times, I’ll be on your side forever more. That’s what friends are for…” Don’t mind me singing Dionne Warwick over here.
It’s a lovely song for an even lovelier friendship, indeed. Legendary authors C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were two young professors that just so happened to cross paths in a faculty meeting at Oxford back in 1926. Common interests were discovered and soon those interests were brought into the world for readers of all ages. These two guys pretty much defied the odds.
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Now, we’ve recently discovered the most beautiful review an author could write. As a fan of The Lord of the Rings and someone who wrote a persuasive letter to their fourth grade teacher to let the class watch The Two Towers on the last day of school…I needed to share this.
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In a 1937 review of Tolkien’s The Hobbit in 1937 by C.S. Lewis, the author describes his comrade’s work with the utmost respect and admiration:
To define the world of The Hobbit is, of course, impossible, because it is new. You cannot anticipate it before you go there, as you cannot forget it once you have gone. The author’s admirable illustrations and maps of Mirkwood and Goblingate and Esgaroth give one inkling–and so do the names of the dwarf and dragon that catch our eyes as we first ruffle the pages.
Lewis’ praise and support for the mystical novel is touching and quite powerful. He explains that Tolkien’s work “admits us to a world of its own–a world that seems to have been going on long before we stumbled into it but which, once found by the right reader, becomes indispensable to him.” He goes on to describe the character maps, saga-like plots, and more vital bits in order to fully grasp the vast story and present it the way it deserves.
Their mutual respect, hard work, and passion are visible in Lewis’ words and it has me thinking of this friendship like the stuff of myths and stories. Check out the full review here to get the true sense of reverence. Lewis ends it with: “Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.” Spoken like a true friend.
From powerful wizards to vengeful lovers, when fictional characters we love die in an untimely fashion, it is only natural that we as readers go through stages of serious grief. Authors have a way of giving us a punch in the gut only to reveal that your beloved character has been brought back from the grave. In fiction, writers dare to imagine the impossible by reversing the irreversible. Whether its a hero or a villain, a walk through the limbo always grants them with greater strengths to gain vengeance from whoever was responsible for their first deaths.
Warning: SPOILERS ahead. Advance at your own precaution.
7. Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
As a noble leader with a marked sense of duty, Aslan bravely sacrificed himself to save Edmund Pevensie. In dying, Aslan finally put a halt on the Deep Magic that governed the Narnia universe. His glorious return on the next morning as facilitated by the emitting rays of light signifies the revival of hope. On his epic come-back, he whirls into action as if nothing treacherous had happened at all. Phew!
6. Gandolf in The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Much like C.S. Lewis, Tolkien was an avid Christian that exhibited his beliefs in his works. In The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf’s physical death at the Battle of the Peaks not only failed to terminate his life, but also enabled a powerful resurrection that changed his hair from grey to white and granted him with greater strengths to stay for good.
5. Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
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During the ultimate battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort at Hogwarts, Harry is severely injured and suddenly sent into a limbo. As he finds himself at King’s Cross Station, he meets Dumbledore who walks him through a passage of indefinite length. Forced to dwell between life and death, Harry chooses the former and returns to life, stronger and more resilient against the Dark Lord. Thanks to authors of fantasy fiction such as Lewis and Tolkien, readers have been spoiled into believing that their beloved character will somehow return from the ashes and they will soon see an epic come-back of the hero through intermittent light beams. Though Rowling was not willing to use this clever gimmick on Dumbledore, we are extremely grateful that she pulled Potter back into the most intense battle in the history of magic.
4. Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare
In one of Shakespeare’s most heart-breaking tragedy, Juliet Capulet strikes a deal with the friar and plots a dangerous escape by faking her death; all in the name of love. Unfortunately, her seemingly genius idea went haywire after the grief-striken Romeo committed suicide by her so-called deathbed. When Juliet wakes up to find Romeo dead in her arms, she immediately stabs herself to follow after him. In short, a pair hasty lovers, some awful timing and a lot of inefficient communication led to this couple’s fateful deaths.
3. Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
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In The Final Problem, Holmes and his arch-enemy Professor James Moriarty engaged in an intense combat and are believed to have fell to their deaths at Reichenback’s Falls. Although no footprints were to be seen and Watson had been 100% certain of their deaths, Holmes somehow survived the heights and came back to Baker Street. In the first book within The Return of Sherlock Holmes series, The Adventure of the Empty Home, Holmes’ astonishing reappearance startled Watson, as one can only imagine.
2. Jon Snow in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Game of Thrones Season 5 was full of its unpleasant surprises, especially the jawbreaking cliffhanger that left Jon Snow dead at the hands of his own sworn brothers. However, we’ve noticed that the portrayal of Jon’s death on TV and his death in the pages are not entirely in accordance. The biggest discrepancy lies in the culprits behind his downfall; while on the show Ser Alliser Throne is the initiator and Olly is the one to complete the finishing blow with one final stab, in the book Lord Steward Bowen Marsh is responsible for delivering the mortal stab. Jon’s death scene as depicted by Martin’s words is deeply sentimental and poignant because Marsh has been a longtime supporter of the King of the North and his ruthless betrayal left himself in a pool of tears. Nevertheless, everything is put back into place after Melissandre successfully revives Jon. All we can hope for is that he should stay alive and healthy because as special as he may be, a lucky return from the grave does not signify immortality.
1. Catelyn Stark in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
In the book, Catelyn Stark is murdered and her body tossed into the river after the Red Wedding. However, a follower of the Lord of the Light, a.k.a. the male version of Melissandre, sacrifices his own life in order to bring her back from the grave. Following her resurrection, she travels in disguised form and refers to herself as Lady Stoneheart. Though there is no sign of Lady Stoneheart in HBO’s adaptation so far, there remains a slight possibility of her appearance in the current season.
Science fiction is full of awesome desert planets (even Star Wars has one) but Arrakis is the most iconic of them all. Dune is considered by many to be the greatest science fiction novel of all time, and it’s centered entirely around Arrakis. Arrakis’ deserts are fascinating because they are utterly endless – and hold the spice mines that make the planet so valuable.
Science fiction tries pretty hard to be realistic these days, and it doesn’t thrill George R.R. Martin. Martin, like a lot of us, longs for the days of crazy science fiction landscapes. Landscapes like Edgar Rice Burroughs’ version of the Red Planet, which is full of canals, alien civilizations, and other other cool stuff.
Fantasy world-builders like George R.R. Martin owe a huge debt to the original master, J.R.R. Tolkien. Just about any spot in Middle Earth would qualify as a great literary landscape. We chose the dark, stormy, and stunning landscape of Mordor, which is bordered on three sides by enormous mountain ranges. Very cool.
Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series include mentions of neighboring lands, but it’s Narnia itself that seems the most beautiful. While its neighbors sometimes feature more extreme landscapes (one bordering land is very arid, while another is very mountainous), Narnia is described as having gorgeous scenery of its own. Lewis’ vision of was inspired by the scenery of his own home country, Ireland.
Neverland is Peter Pan’s magical world, and it’s got it all: pirates, mermaids, you name it. It’s a fantastic island with, of course, fantastic scenery. Grottoes, forests, lagoons: Neverland has it all!
In Hilton’s book Lost Horizon, Shangri-La is located in a breathtaking valley in the middle of Asia’s Kunlun Mountains. It’s a mystical place where people live peaceful and very long lives. No wonder “Shangri-La” has become a term for an earthly paradise! The image above is from the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which made use of Hilton’s Shangri-La myth.
There’s some man-made wonder here, too: the super-cool castle with carved dragons on it. But you can’t ignore the awesome spectacle of the mountainous island. A Song of Ice and Fire has a ton of cool landscapes (and even more cool man-made structures), but this is probably our favorite.
The name says it all! Wonderland is one of fiction’s classic fantasy worlds. We’re particularly excited about the interpretation you see in the image above, because Tim Burton is bringing that world back to the silver screen with a sequel to his 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. Alice Through the Looking Glass will hit theaters in 2016.
Halloween is a time for spooky monsters like the well-known Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Headless Horseman. It’s also a time for scary books. After all, every monster we just mentioned shares one thing in common: a literary heritage.
Books are full of creepy ghouls, ghosts, and monsters, so it’s no surprise that a lot of our Halloween horror inspiration comes from the scary stories on our bookshelves. But how well do you know the scariest monsters in all of literature?
Get into the spirit of Halloween with this awesome infographic from the folks at the UK’s Morph Costumes. All of the classic creeps are there, and they’re all helpfully labeled with a “Scream Score,” which is calculated by evaluating their creepy appearance, supernatural powers, and evil intent. Morph Costumes says that Pennywise, from Stephen King’sIt, is the creepiest one of all. Do you agree?