Two great authors
At Oxford, Tolkien convinced a fellow professor, an avowed atheist to accept Christianity. That friend, C.S. Lewis, went on to author such Christian classics as the bestselling Mere Christianity, Pilgrim’s Regress, Miracles, The Screwtape Letters and The Problem of Pain – as well as the beloved children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The two remained close friends for life and were active in an informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings," which included authors Owen Barfield, Charles Williams and Dorothy Sayers."Properly speaking," wrote member Warren Lewis, "the Inklings was neither a club nor a literary society, though it partook of the nature of both. There were no rules, officers, agendas, or formal elections." Instead, they read aloud their works in progress. It was this group that first heard Tolkien’s English mythological creations.