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J. R. R. Tolkien or C. S. Lewis??

Posted: 15 May 2020, 17:40
by Grace Bela
I've always been a fan of both J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. I grew up reading about Narnia and Middle Earth, and love that these two authors had such a great friendship. Both authors express such intelligence and depth in their works. The Hobbit will always be one of my favorite books, and Tolkien develops Middle Earth so beautifully. However, I also love Lewis's more overtly theological works like The Screwtape Letters. Whose books do you prefer of the two? What are some of your favorite ways that they influenced each other in their writing? I honestly can't decide between the two.

Re: J. R. R. Tolkien or C. S. Lewis??

Posted: 16 May 2020, 08:02
by Julie-p
Read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was younger and I am currently reading The Lord of The Rings. The world-building in their books is just extraordinary. They really manage to make you feel like you're inside Narnia and Middle Earth. I don't really know why, but I'd say I prefer Tolkien.

Re: J. R. R. Tolkien or C. S. Lewis??

Posted: 20 May 2020, 02:32
by Godomon
Both. I am not able to decide. Really love both of their works.

Re: J. R. R. Tolkien or C. S. Lewis??

Posted: 20 May 2020, 22:42
by AmyMarie2171
I just finished reading The Lord of the Rings and I have to say that I have a hard time subscribing to the hype. The world-building is great, but it is so easy to get distracted reading Tolkien. His language is flowery and complex and there's a real lack of action throughout the bulk of every book. Even so, both men are crazily talented. C.S. Lewis had a simpler style, but so much more happened in his stories that I definitely lean his way.

Re: J. R. R. Tolkien or C. S. Lewis??

Posted: 07 Jul 2020, 10:13
by Catie139
I've read more of C. S. Lewis' things. The fact that he has more in non-fiction as well as fantasy makes him my favorite. But I really like J. R. R. Tolkien as well.

Re: J. R. R. Tolkien or C. S. Lewis??

Posted: 13 Jul 2020, 04:59
by Marty_Kelly
They're both great authors but I'd lean more towards Tolkien.

Re: J. R. R. Tolkien or C. S. Lewis??

Posted: 19 Aug 2020, 09:01
by DakotesMahGotes
Tolkien for sure. He did what no one before him had ever done. The world building, the lore, and the history is unmatched in my opinion. Also, to get the full experience, you must read The Silmarillion. The Hobbit and LOTR are essential key moments in an even greater and more expansive story which you miss if you don`t read the Silmarillion.

However, I`d take C.S. Lewis`s Space Trilogy over any other Sci-Fi any day.