How Suffering Seeded The Creativity Of J.R.R. Tolkien And C.S. Lewis

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World War I destroyed the spirits of the public and ushered in literature rife with alienation and moral cynicism. When World War II proved to be even more devastating, two British authors decided that the world should be reminded of the “supreme importance of the individual in combating the evils of his age”. These two went on to finish “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”. Read full article here

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