C.S. Lewis’ 111th Birthday!

“Alas, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits. I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” (Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings)

We were reminded today, by our friend Mark Sommer, that today is C.S. Lewis’ 111th Birthday, and I thought it would be great to start with a quote from my most favorite movie movies of all time, those based on my favorite books written by Lewis’ friend J.R.R. Tolkien.

Lewis was born November 29, 1898. The date of his death is shared with that of John F. Kennedy. He was a professor at Oxford, where he became friends with Tolkien, and later taught at Cambridge. Tolkien is said to have based the Ents on Lewis – in particular: Treebeard!

Happy Birthday, C.S. Lewis!

Thanks to Mark Sommer for the reminder!

21 Responses to “C.S. Lewis’ 111th Birthday!”

  1. Mark Sommer says:

    You’re certainly welcome!

  2. Maggie Spears says:

    I find this completely and utterly awesome! 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Davis says:

    He shares my birthday!! Happy B-Day Lewis!!

  4. narnian says:

    uhhh CS Lewis did not write lord of the rings.

  5. lionesslucy :) says:

    my mom has the same birthday as c.s. lewis!!! awesome!!!!!!

  6. Jonathon says:

    Yes, Paul is merely using the LOTR refrence as Lewis if her were still with us in the Shadowlands would be 111. Tolkien is the only author who came up with a truely memorable quote for such an occasion. On top of that the two of them were great friends and in a careful reading of their works one can see many parallels beween them as they influecned each other in many ways.

  7. Nathan says:

    Big “non sequitur” for me. C.S. Lewis was an man in his own right, not some character out of Tolkien’s books (same for Tolkien). Fan-ship in general tends to muddle things into one and miss the point.

  8. Nathan says:

    I mean, Lewis was neither a hobbit in Tolkien’s view nor in his own. I love the books too much to play around with silly, illogical observations like this.

    • Paul Martin says:

      With all due respect, I have no idea what you’re going on about. There’s nothing wrong with what I wrote, and I don’t really understand what it is you’re saying about my fandom vs. yours, as I too love the books. It was through that love that I learned that Tolkien based Treebeard on Lewis…

  9. Narniamiss says:

    I think most of us are fans of both Tolkien and Lewis, and I don’t think Mr. Martin meant anything against Tolkien in any way. I think he merely thought of putting this quote alongside the post because quite frankly, the two go along very well.

  10. Tarwe, the Narnian Elf says:

    Happy Birthday, C.S. Lewis!

    I don’t see any problem with using this quote from ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’. If I were an author, I imagine I would feel rather pleased if someone thought my work was worthy of quoting. For the record, my family and I say lines from the LOTR all the time! Why? Because we have such a great esteem for the books, the movies, and the man who put it all in motion. (Obiviously meaning Tolkien!)

  11. Lily_of_Archenland says:

    Lionesslucy–Mine, too!
    …Are you sure we don’t know each other?

  12. Nathan says:

    Paul, no, nothing wrong; I jsut thought it was kind of silly and out of character, and have a hunch the Inklings would have found it laughable, too… sorry for being cranky. The “eleventy-first” birthday was such an idiosyncratically hobbitous concept, that it seems to me rather out of place to apply it to Lewis or Dyson or their grandfathers or any other unrelated person. But like I say, that’s just my own cranky self…

    • Paul Martin says:

      Gotcha… well, when even the C.S. Lewis Foundation does the same thing, using “Eleventy-First” to describe the birthday, I think I’m in good company. Plus, I have a feeling that, were the Inklings still around today, they’d likely be either amused by it, or we’d likely have about 50 more books by them that we’re reading.

  13. Edmundlvr says:

    I’ve read Narnia a gazzelion of times! And Lord of the rings! Let’s celeabrate C.S. Lewis’ birthday!

  14. the lion roars from narnia says:

    Funny, I was reading the fellowship of the ring the other day, actually I had just read the line spoken by Bilbo-‘I’m eleventy-one today!’

  15. lionesslucy :) says:

    idk what all the fuss is about! people quote stuff from all over ALL THE TIME. paul used a very relevant quote from c.s. lewis’ good friend! i thought it was genius. nathan-no offense but i don’t understand why that bugs you.

  16. Kajdron says:

    Shouldn’t that be 111st?

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