Lewis could easily have written a good Middle Earth story .Nobody, nobody. Ecchhh!
Here’s a thought experiment. I imagine most people would agree that C. S. Lewis possessed enormous imaginative gifts.
Everyone would agree that he also revered his friend Tolkien and profoundly loved Tolkien’s fantasy (Tolkien himself credited Lewis with helping him stick with the task of getting The Lord of the Rings written and into print).
Both men were deeply read in Old and Middle English, to a degree probably almost no one is, especially today.
heir degree of agreement about the Christian faith, morals, the state of society, and the right understanding of the sexes, and their experience of, and love of, nature, and other topics was great.
So C. S. Lewis would have started with huge advantages, if he had to set about writing a Middle-earth tale. And yet who is there who believes that a Middle-earth story by Lewis would have been a true success?
Where Lewis would not have trod, what rational person would dare to tread?
I know this quote is from way back on page two, but it did occur to me a little while ago that the afterlife wouldn't be much of an afterlife if you couldn't write books in it. And the next thing I thought then was: "You know--if that's at all the case, Tolkien's probably still working on the mythology of Middle-Earth." With all eternity to play around in, he's probably fleshed out all the minor languages and written a six-volume set on the fall of Numenor by now. Given that, I'm sure he doesn't mind if we're all so desperately wanting more stories in the world he created that we try to write our own. It's not like we can read the books he's written since dying.And of course, unless the afterlife is far different to what I expect, Tolkien will be in peace whatever we do here.
What's a "story world"? That sounds like a label useful for marketing an expanding franchise, rather than an apt description of a literary concept.But that's what Star Wars is right now, and would anybody argue that it's not a richer story-world for it?
That's true -- see The Magician's Nephew.Doesn't Lewis's world include multiple worlds? If he implicitly included room for other worlds in his own work...