The Inklings

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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The Inklings were an informal social and literary fellowship active in Oxford during the middle of the twentieth-century, chiefly celebrated for its most prominent members, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. The club, some scholars have argued, was the mortar in which, by the pestle of “prolonged, fierce, masculine argument” (Lewis


xi) such works as Lewis's

Space Trilogy

and Tolkien's

The Lord of the Rings

were partly shaped. The group took its name from an existing undergraduate club at Oxford, organized by one Edward Tangye-Lean in the early 1930's. Tolkien would later refer to the name as “a ‘jest' because it was a pleasantly ingenious pun in its way, suggesting people with vague or half-formed intimations and ideas plus those who dabble in ink” (Tolkien 388).

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Citation: Fisher, Jason. "The Inklings". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2008 [, accessed 20 April 2024.]

5551 The Inklings 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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