Brief Fact about Tolkien

JRR Tolkien, to his daughter, Priscilla: “So far I have felt the normal feelings of a man of my age — like an old tree that is losing all its leaves one by one: this feels like an axe-blow near the roots.”

“This” is the news that his friend, C.S. Lewis, had died unexpectedly.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Emily

    Wow… Thanks for sharing. Where did you happen upon this fact/quote?

  • Ben Wheaton

    It’s in “The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien,” ed. Humphrey Carpenter, letter #251. I recommend reading the whole collection.

  • http://sacramentalliving.blogspot.com Gina Wright Hawkins

    My dad bought that book for me many years ago when I went off to college. It’s been through many moves and a flood, but I still have it and refer to it often.

  • Emily

    Thanks, Ben.

  • http://thesometimespreacher.com Andy Holt

    I took a class at Gordon-Conwell called Tolkien’s Apocalyptic Imagination, taught by Sean McDonough. As you can expect simply by the title, it was amazing. Like Lewis, he was a towering intellect, though we Protestants don’t often think of him like that. There is a wealth of rich, theological reflection in his works, however.

  • http://DerekLeman.com/Musings Derek Leman

    Scot:

    This quote made my day. Reading McGrath’s commentary right now.


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