A new documentary series, focusing on the lives, careers, and war experiences of two men considered to be the fathers of modern fantasy, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, is in the works!
Middle-earth News and the German Tolkien Society have both reported on the announcement of this new series, which is to be titled, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War. According to Middle-earth News, the documentary will span a set of five 50-minute long episodes.
The project’s official website had this to say about the project:
The documentary film series, “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War,” explores how the experience of two world wars shaped the lives and literary imagination of two internationally famous authors and friends, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Based on Joseph Loconte’s New York Times bestseller, the film examines how Tolkien’s combat experience during the First World War—at the Battle of the Somme—launched him on his literary quest. The film reveals how the conflict reinforced Lewis’s youthful atheism—he was injured in combat—but also stirred his spiritual longings. The film traces the careers of both men at Oxford University, and their deepening friendship as they discover a mutual love of medieval, romantic literature. Facing the threat of another world war, Tolkien and Lewis reach back into their earlier experience of war as they compose their epic works of fantasy, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
The documentary will be produced by Eastgate Creative, and the Executive Producer is Ralph Winter (known for his work as producer on “The X-Men,” “Fantastic Four,” “I Robot,” and “Planet of the Apes”). Jock Petersen and Ralph Linhardt will also direct and produce, and Joseph Loconte will serve as screenwriter and on-camera narrator.
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To find out more about this documentary, or to contact creators or help contribute to the project, please see the project’s official webpage here, where you can watch a promising trailer for the series: HobbitWardrobe.com.
You can also check out the official social media pages for the project:
I, for one, am very excited to see this new series when it releases, as Tolkien and Lewis are two of my literary heroes, and as an “imagine-er” and hopefully someday-author myself, I love to dig through their works and read about their individual stories. For me, it was Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia that first introduced me to the world of epic fantasy. It also caused me to develop an early love deep literature, filled with rich imagery and metaphors, and causing me to always dig deeper than the surface value of any story. I’m convinced that these lessons I learned from Narnia are the reason why I’m such a huge Star Wars, and really all-around, geek today.
As Narnia was the first stepping-stone into the world of epic fantasy, it led to a stage of interest in ancient mythologies, many of the tales of which I still remember to this day. This, in turn, caused me to take an deep interest in theology and philosophy in more recent times, and has also contributed to my habit of over-thinking pretty much every fantastical world I encounter.
But inevitably, Narnia also led me to Middle-earth, starting with my first viewing of The Lord of the Rings movies a few year ago and continuing with a love of the many deeper aspects of the world, such as the oft-ignored portions on its creation and early years, as explored in The Silmarillion. And as you have hopefully already gathered by just being on this website, it also led to the creation of The Elven Padawan.
Anyway, all that to once again say: I am excited to see this new series on the background of Tolkien and Lewis, and find out even more about their histories, friendship, and the other conditions that led to their amazing stories.
Are you interested to watch this new documentary of the lives of Tolkien and Lewis? Do you have a favorite book or story from any of their works? I’d love to hear about it!! Let me know below in the comments; I always love to chat with you guy!