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.
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.
The greatest evil is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.
C.S. Lewis, from the Introduction to The Screwtape Letters