TWU Inklings Institute hosts discussion on C.S. Lewis and Nordic myth

C.S. Lewis had an abiding interest in “northernness” and Nordic myth. Early poems such as “Dymer,” “Descend to Earth,” “Descend,” “Celestial Nine” and “Loki Bound” are but three of Lewis’ reflections on the vision and challenging tensions of Nordic wisdom. 

On October 19, TWU's Inklings Institute hosts a discussion on "C.S. Lewis: Nordic Myth and Wagner's The Ring of Nibelung," featuring guest speaker Ron Dart (University of the Fraser Valley). 

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This lecture will focus on Lewis’ ongoing interest in Nordic myth and the relationship, as he understood it, between Nordic myth, Wagner and The Ring of the Nibelung (and its many affinities with Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings).

Guest speaker Ron Dart teaches in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. He is the author of C.S. Lewis and Bede Griffiths: Chief Companions (2016) and has written numerous articles on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings.

About the Inklings Institute of Canada (IIC) at Trinity Western University

Cofounded and codirected by Dr. Monika Hilder and Dr. Stephen Dunning, faculty members in the Department of English and Creative Writing, the Inklings Institute of Canada is an interdisciplinary research effort that formalizes, strengthens and advances Trinity Western University’s contribution to international research on the works of the Oxford Inklings group—including C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as friends such as Dorothy L. Sayers, and their literary mentors, earlier writers such as George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton. IIC advances Inklings scholarship through literary criticism and related collaborative research across the disciplines; investigates how these authors critiqued their own cultures and therefore help us to respond to our own historical/cultural context; promotes the publication of research and scholarship in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other suitable venues appropriate to the various disciplines; fosters undergraduate and graduate student involvement in such research and scholarship; seeks funding for Inklings research; contributes to the current return of religious language to public discourse—and does so within the campus, with associated members nationally and internationally, and with the general public.

For more information on the Inklings Institute of Canada, please visit their webpage.

See also — Trinity Western University unveils special reading room featuring rare and autographed copies of books by C.S. Lewis and Inklings authors
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