Jeremy Yoder

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Tolkien's Desk

I don't blog, but I had to create a short webpage about some items I saw in December 2004.

I went to Wheaton College in Chicago and visited their Wade Center with items on seven British authors. Only J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis truly interested me. I'll just say it was very cool to touch the desk where Tolkien wrote the The Hobbit, and some of The Lord of the Rings...

J.R.R. Tolkien's Desk



Most shocking was its size! (I'm beside it in the next picture to give perspective -- I'm just under six feet and the desk is on a raised platform.) A humbling lesson to those who think they need the latest in technology and conveniences to write anything, much less a masterpiece.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Desk (and some punk)

There's a small plaque in the lower left corner that says: "J.R.R. Tolkien's writing desk on which he drafted portions of The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, and entirely produced -- wrote, typed, and illustrated -- The Hobbit."



The next item on my short tour is a desk used by C.S. Lewis. While interesting, there was no information that he wrote any particular piece(s) on it, so the "wow" factor wasn't quite the same...

C.S. Lewis's Desk



Of more interest to me was the actual wardrobe that inspired The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. One of his relatives made it. As a child, Lewis used to gaze upon it; as an adult, it served as his entry into Narnia. I loved this simple source of inspiration that would enthrall millions for decades...

The Inspirational Wardrobe



In the final shot below, my wife and I are peering into the wardrobe... but I regret that we were unable to find any snow, lampposts, or umbrella-toting fauns.

Wardrobe Peering