Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Inklings

You may have heard that J.R.R. Tolkien was a member of a group called the Inklings.  But what were the Inklings exactly?  Who was a member?

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The Inklings were a group of English authors and scholars who got together to have a beer and a good time discussing literature.  Some of the most notable members were: (of course) J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Roger Lancelyn Green (he wrote a compilation book of called King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table which I just finished yesterday), Owen Barfield, and Hugo Dyson among others.

The meetings were generally very informal.  Their primary purpose was to read over the various members' works and discuss and critique them.  The Lord of the Rings were discussed on several occasions and Tolkien would sometimes read snippets of things he was working on.  One of the most famous locations of these meetings was the Eagle and Child Pub, sometimes called the Bird and Baby.

The Inklings ended up breaking apart in 1933 after one of their members left Oxford University.  The influence of the famous group lives on in the imaginations and thoughts of fantasy lovers and literature nerds.

It is undeniable that the Inklings helped shape (to a certain extent) the works of Tolkien that we know today.  I don't know about you, but I would love to be a member of such a club!

Source: Inklings (literary and art magazine), Miami University.


  1. I would love to be a part of that sort of group. I was actually the president of an amateur writing club for a while called "The Inkwell"- just a group of teens who got together online to share writings and critiques every Saturday. :) It was really fun, but the group dissolved after a while when our lives got busier.

    1. That sounds super cool! I've always wanted to start a group that sounds just like what you described.