”It gives me great pleasure, a good name. I always in writing start with a name. Give me and it produces a story, not the other way about normally.”
– J. R. R. Tolkien
When J. R. R. Tolkien was 7 years old, J. R. R. Tolkien wrote his first work of fiction, which a “green great Dragon”. Sadly, when his mother corrected him, and told him it was great green dragon, Tolkien was so discouraged that he put away his fledgling work, and didn’t try another attempt to write for many more years.
Wow. This shocked me. J. R. R. Tolkien is known as the author of The Lord of the rings, and the Hobbit, and the Silmarillion, and many more works that I, and many more fans, enjoy reading over and over again. And when this “incident” happened, it could have ended Tolkien’s career as an author.
It would have meant no Middle-earth books, movies, or blogs. Guys, this blog wouldn’t have existed, A tolkienist’s perspective wouldn’t have existed, Middle-earth reflections wouldn’t have existed, and so many other blogs concerning Tolkien and his works or Peter Jackson’s spectacular saga wouldn’t have existed.
And I’m not trying to scare any C. S. Lewis fans who are also Christians, because I don’t know how Tolkien and Lewis met, but if it was writing that brought them together, C. S. Lewis may have stayed and atheist!
If I remember my facts correctly, J. R. R. Tolkien reintroduced Lewis to Christianity. And A pilgrim in Narnia probably wouldn’t have existed gasp
Now, don’t take any of this seriously. I’m pretty sure J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis met some other way, so don’t worry.
Enjoy the rest of your day. And good day, James and Brenton.