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December 17, 2003


J.R.R. Tolkien is a model for the professorial life. He would meet reguarly with C.S. Lewis and other habitués of the Bird and the Baby to discuss language, myth and their own writing.

Inklings, they and its other members called the informal club, one that emphasized such Hobbity virtues as a liking for beer, blazing fireplaces, old stories and collegiality. In fact, one can see "The Lord of the Rings" as a hymn to those masculine values of "fellowship": Isn't it largely a story about bonding and comradeship, about loyalty and duty to others?

The Flea's colleagues meet to discuss select topics at a regular "Drink and Think"...

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 17, 2003 08:56 AM