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Hobbes and Hobbits

June 06th, 2014 by G.

What if our imagination should become as a little child’s? What if receiving the kingdom of heaven as a little child mostly meant imagining it differently? Not stern and beautiful like Milton, but jolly and abundant.

Last night I came home to my little boy wearing a red bath robe with a red bandanna on his head pirate-style, a garbage bad tucked into his neckline for a beard, and another garbage bag dragging behind his red trike. He was Santa Claus, he said. My littlest girl was wearing a tan quilt with sticks stuck in her braids. She was the reindeer. The reins were from a swing.

Hobbes and Hobbits
The imagination of children is whimsical. They don’t see the unseen world as eldritch or fey. To them, the transcendental and supernatural are friendly, fun, whimsical, domestic.

The childish imagination is Calvin and Hobbes, Narnia, the Hobbit. When the Abrahamic trial comes, it trusts, because it believes that something golden must lie out there in darkness.

“If you’re thirsty, you may drink.”

They were the first words she had heard since Scrubb had spoken to her on the edge of the cliff. For a second she stared here and there, wondering who had spoken. Then the voice said again, “If you are thirsty, come and drink,” and of course she remembered what Scrubb had said about animals talking in that other world, and realized that it was the lion speaking. Anyway, she had seen its lips move this time, and the voice was not like a man’s. It was deeper, wilder, and stronger; a sort of heavy, golden voice. It did not make her any less frightened than she had been before, but it made her frightened in rather a different way.

“Are you not thirsty?” said the lion.

“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.

“Then drink,” said the lion.

“May I — could I — would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.

The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.

The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.

“Will you promise not to — do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.

“I make no promise,” said the Lion.

Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.

“Do you eat girls?” she said.

“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.

“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill

“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.

“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”

“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.

Even Lord of the Rings has childlike elements. It has hobbits, the Shire, the last Homely House, Strider. Even its orderliness, its insistence on getting the details right for their own sake, is childish.

Perhaps, instead of standing in awe at the works of God, we should wriggle with delight.

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June 06th, 2014 07:13:26

The story of Christ and the woman taken in adultery

March 17th, 2014 by Inigo Montoya

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March 17th, 2014 10:41:07

Yes, Virginia, There is a St. Nick

December 30th, 2013 by G.

John C. Wright pens a Christmas story, of an unusual visit by an unusual St. Nick.

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December 30th, 2013 07:12:24

Ted Chiang’s Science Fiction

December 16th, 2013 by G.

He’s very good.  Free short stories collected here.

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December 16th, 2013 14:39:47

Lunar Penitence

May 09th, 2013 by G.

This is one of the most horrifying pieces of fiction I’ve read.

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May 09th, 2013 09:45:01

Free Book–The Wardog’s Coin

May 03rd, 2013 by G.

Free today and tomorrow. Recommended.

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May 03rd, 2013 09:22:03

God is Fantastically Epic

February 15th, 2013 by G.

Here are two posts on Catholic-themed SF and religiously-serious epic fantasy that are rich veins of book recommendations.

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February 15th, 2013 11:51:27

That’s No Monster, That’s A Morlock!

October 08th, 2012 by G.

Scifi writer Wright has a stab at defining the genre, with some success: (more…)

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October 08th, 2012 12:31:52

From the fever swamps of the Left

April 02nd, 2012 by Vader

I keep missing the priesthood meetings where they hand out the secret Mormon lapel bugs.

Of course, my lapels are hidden under half a centimeter of black plastic armor, so it wouldn’t do any good anyway.

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April 02nd, 2012 12:11:11

The Recording Angel on Halloween

November 01st, 2011 by G.

Here’s a great piece of theo-fiction for Halloween.

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November 01st, 2011 08:26:46

The Resurrection of Spock, the Looting Lepers of Mars

September 02nd, 2011 by G.

John C. Wright hilariously essays to write about the supposed opposition between religion and science, and the nature of science fiction. His definition of science fiction is close to the true one, which is that science fiction is the imaginative fiction of the myths of modernity. (more…)

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September 02nd, 2011 06:29:40

Gene Wolfe on Tolkien

June 01st, 2011 by G.

and the good society.

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June 01st, 2011 07:35:26

Diabolic Fiction

May 06th, 2011 by G.

As you know, I’m interested in TF (theo-fiction), stories like C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce that take the angels and devils of the old folk tales as their properties just as fantasy takes the fairies and dwarfs. First Things has just put up a a very interesting TF discussion about devils in fiction. (more…)

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May 06th, 2011 10:27:03

A Hole in the Heart

February 15th, 2011 by G.

Even if he were to succeed in making his most audacious utopias a reality, man would continue to yearn for otherworldly destinies. (more…)

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February 15th, 2011 13:38:04

Death is Lighter Than a Feather: C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce

February 04th, 2011 by G.

My review of The Great Divorce from a Mormon perspective is up. I think you’ll like it. Let me know what you think.

You can read it here, and comment here.

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February 04th, 2011 11:53:42