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... this fall, "The Hobbit," in my English classes. You are a great example of what Tolkien's close friend, C.S. Lewis, said about "fairy tales" and fantasy literature: “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” I write about the Inklings in my most recent column for the local newspaper, and included this quote from Tolkien, as well, from his essay "On Fairy Tales" : “Fantasy is, I think, not a lower but a higher form of Art, indeed the most nearly pure form, and so (when achieved) the most potent…” Some question my teaching of these works at the high school level... but I value the opinions of Tolkien and Lewis over my [narrow-minded and less read] detractors... as the themes are obviously of great eternal consequence... :)

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