This is an amazing post on the power of Myth. It also contains the full text of the poem that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to C.S. Lewis that inspired this blog. Check it out!
I am often asked what brought me into the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. While I do love the books, it wasn’t Narnia that first captured my imagination as a thinker. It wasn’t even the world of Middle Earth and Peter Jackson’s treatment of it–though I love both. It was actually a poem–and a rather obscure one–with a clumsy title, “Philomythus to Misomythus.”
For writers and academics that sit at the feet of the Inklings, the poem is well known. In the Fall of 1931, the theist C.S. Lewis was moving steadily toward a conversion to Christianity. On Sept 19, Lewis and Tolkien had a legendary conversation with another colleague and future Inkling, Hugo Dyson. They spoke late into the night, arguing about faith and theology and history. When the topic turned to “myth,” Lewis evidently made the comment that myths were “lies breathed through silver.”
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