Inklings

In Oxford today, we sought out the Eagle and Child, where the Inklings met on Tuesday mornings, to discuss the books they were writing. We got there just before lunch, in time to get the best seats in the house.

Having an idea

(Description: Me, sitting where J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, Charles Williams et al sat.)

Having a beer

(Description: Me, in the same spot, having a beer.)

That beer was proper fourteen-twenty.

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9 comments on “Inklings

  1. Nick says:

    In 2006, I had a summer fellowship at Saint John’s College in an apartment literally 40m behind the Lamb and Flag and just across the road from the Eagle and Child. I could almost roll out of bed and be in either pub. Several times I rolled back home and into bed.

    Isn’t English ale marvellous!

    Nick

  2. Rob Hosking says:

    Isn’t there a story about C S Lewis greeting Tolkein’s latest Hobbit effort with “Oh, not another fucking elf!”

    • Southernrata says:

      Didn’t Tolkien make a similarly disparaging, though politer, comment on the idea of Narnia, complete with winter-clothed fauns?

      Re that adjectival use of “proper” I was tickled to hear Mark Cavendish describing his winning sprint of a couple of days ago as being “proper hard”. Good to see some rural vernacular surviving in the younger generation

    • TimT says:

      The way I heard it was someone else who usually made those interjections. I prefer Lewis’s writing myself.

  3. Siobhan says:

    I think it was dwarves Rob. The Eagle and Child is a great pub. Affectionately known by us as the bird and baby.

  4. Daleaway says:

    Yes, Rob, and it’s well attested to. And them’s my sentiments, too!

    Hope you are having a splendid time, Deborah.

  5. blue milk says:

    So feel like a beer right now. So much.

  6. Marie R says:

    interesting Oxford. Glad you got to have both ideas and beers!

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