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What are we comparing?

Ardamírë
Valinor


Dec 11 2012, 4:13am


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What are we comparing? [In reply to] Can't Post

If we're only comparing the Chronicles of Narnia to The Lord of the Rings, I'd say Tolkien. But as writers in general? I think C.S. Lewis could win that one. He's considered one of the greatest Christian apologists of the 20th century. The Chronicles of Narnia are his only work for children, and even those are incredibly deep and allegorical.

Don't get me wrong, I love Tolkien. His Middle-earth is the best secondary world I have ever read, and probably will always be. But do not forget that he wrote more than just about ME.

How about I turn the tables and compare Tolkien's Roverandom (a beautiful little story) to Lewis's Perelandra? You could most definitely say that Tolkien is more suitable for younger ages then, and that Lewis is a master of words and story telling par excellence.

I'm just here to play devil's advocate. I enjoy them both immensely, but for such different reasons. "I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens" - to quote one of my favorite movies. Smile

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales

(This post was edited by Ardamírë on Dec 11 2012, 4:13am)

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JRR Tolkien VS. C.S. Lewis iandea14 Send a private message to iandea14 Nov 19 2012, 7:03pm
    Liable for just a bit of bias on a Tolkien board? Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Nov 19 2012, 9:11pm
        Agreed iandea14 Send a private message to iandea14 Nov 20 2012, 4:47am
            What are we comparing? Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 11 2012, 4:13am
        Also iandea14 Send a private message to iandea14 Nov 20 2012, 4:49am
            I know exactly how you feel Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Nov 20 2012, 7:16pm
                We must be geographically separated DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 20 2012, 7:45pm
            I agree completely BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Jan 8 2013, 12:25pm
    Tolkien tramples over Lewis, Gangnam style. Ruxendil_Thoorg Send a private message to Ruxendil_Thoorg Nov 20 2012, 6:33am
        This DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 20 2012, 7:57am
        Hodgepodge, but! CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Nov 20 2012, 5:58pm
        I'm not really a Lewis fan, but... starlesswinter Send a private message to starlesswinter Dec 10 2012, 6:19am
            Fair enough distinction, but hard to tell for sure without an example. Ruxendil_Thoorg Send a private message to Ruxendil_Thoorg Dec 11 2012, 4:36am
                Hodgepodge starlesswinter Send a private message to starlesswinter Dec 13 2012, 1:56am
                    Thanks, I hadn't considered that. Ruxendil_Thoorg Send a private message to Ruxendil_Thoorg Dec 13 2012, 11:59am
    C.S. Lewis // imin Send a private message to imin Nov 20 2012, 9:18am
        Tolkien BeornBerserker Send a private message to BeornBerserker Nov 20 2012, 2:08pm
        Meant to have said C.S. Lewis would lose this battle to J.R.R tolkien imin Send a private message to imin Nov 20 2012, 8:09pm
            In my area... Ayiana Send a private message to Ayiana Nov 20 2012, 8:31pm
                Unfortunately iandea14 Send a private message to iandea14 Nov 21 2012, 1:26am
    J.R.R. Tolkien Ayiana Send a private message to Ayiana Nov 20 2012, 6:25pm
    It all depends sevilodorf Send a private message to sevilodorf Nov 21 2012, 2:00am
    Tolkien Eredhion Send a private message to Eredhion Dec 4 2012, 10:03pm
    Tolkien hands down. BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Jan 8 2013, 12:33pm
    J.R.R. Tolkien The White Wizard Send a private message to The White Wizard Feb 6 2013, 11:50pm

 
 
 

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