clive staple lewis

Ma chiunque abbia avuto un dolore così grande da piangerci fino a non avere più lacrime, sa bene che a un certo momento si arriva a una specie di tranquilla malinconia, una sorta di calma, quasi la certezza che non succederà più nulla.
Lewis said to me one day: “Tollers, there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am afraid we shall have to write some ourselves.”
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J.R.R. Tolkien, recounting a conversation he had with C.S. Lewis 

(Cited in Humphrey Carpenter’s The Inklings, p. 71)

Not another f***ing elf!!
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Hugo Dyson (another member of the Inklings) to J.R.R. Tolkien… who went on to write Lord of the Rings with lots more f***ing elves.

The Inklings was a group of writers and friends of C.S. Lewis who met in his rooms at Oxford and at the Eagle and Child pub. If you go to the pub today you can still see where they met to discuss religion, mythology, and the stories they were writing.