World War I

In Memory of The Battle of The Somme

By |2019-11-14T11:00:24-06:00October 21st, 2016|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Poetry, World War I|

This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest conflagrations in human history in which more than a million men were killed or wounded. One of the lucky survivors was J.R.R. Tolkien, who described the battle as being an “animal horror.” Bearing the psychological scars of this horror for [...]

Is “Downton Abbey” a Fairytale?

By |2016-08-13T22:23:43-06:00August 13th, 2016|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, England, J.R.R. Tolkien, Myth, Senior Contributors, Television, World War I|

The roaring success of the English television drama Downton Abbey had little to do with the grand house, the sumptuous costumes, the superb cast and intricately intriguing storyline. Having just finished watching the final season, it occurred to me that the series’s success has everything to do with fairytales. […]

Tolkien’s War

By |2016-02-12T15:27:54-06:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Inklings, J.R.R. Tolkien, World War I|

Since the appearance of John Garth’s excellent Tolkien and the Great War in 2003, a number of scholars and writers have explored the role and influence of war on the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other members of the Inklings. In reviewing Mr. Garth’s book when it came out, I noted that [...]

“A War of Righteousness”: The Disillusionment of Ernest Hemingway

By |2019-07-16T20:44:08-06:00November 17th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Progressivism, Woodrow Wilson, World War I|

When the United States entered World War I in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson breathed a sigh of relief. A passionate progressive and Presbyterian elder committed to using the United States to change the world, Wilson confidently told Congress that American involvement and a potential victory of the Entente (Britain, France, and Russia) would make [...]

Quickened to Full Life by War: Tolkien’s Redemption of the Trenches

By |2019-09-28T09:51:32-06:00November 13th, 2014|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, J.R.R. Tolkien, StAR, World War I|

Out of the nightmare of the Somme came a sickly scholar who would gather up the tragedy of the trenches and turn it into the unexpected literary triumph of the century. Despite the derision of the academics, J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece continues to be hailed as the most popular book of the twentieth century and [...]

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Vision of Just War

By |2018-10-09T13:45:11-06:00November 1st, 2014|Categories: Books, Christendom, Christianity, Featured, J.R.R. Tolkien, Just War, War, World War I|

Too many pundits, politicians, and priests nowadays treat war as a relic of a barbaric past. President Obama speaks for many when he denounces ISIS and other terrorist groups by invoking the date on the calendar. Nevertheless, he has found himself re-entering a war in the Middle East that he first opposed and then [...]