FOURTH ANNUAL INKLINGS LECTURE
PRESENTED BY RALPH WOOD
Professor of Theology & Literature at Baylor University
Prolific Author, including Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God
Not everyone knows of the immense debt that Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis owed to G. K. Chesterton. It was so profound, in fact, that Chesterton is worthy to be called the father of the Inklings. As we shall see, he taught Sayers to regard the Church, not as a moribund institution for new and old fogies, but as the most exciting and interesting Thing on earth, the one Body that could command her total loyalty. So did Chesterton’s help convince Tolkien that fairy tales open the doors of the imagination to RECOVERY, ESCAPE, CONSOLATION. Lewis attributed his return to the Church to his reading of Chesterton’s Everlasting Man, a book whose depths we have barely begun to fathom.
5:00 PM: INKLINGS WALKING TOUR
Local beer tastings paired with Inklings toasts by Ralph Wood and Richard Rohlin. The tour begins at Norton's Brewing (5 PM), continues at River City Brewing (5:40) and Central Standard Brewing (6:20), before ending at Eighth Day Books for poetry readings at 7 pm. Includes two 5 oz tastings at each brewery and a commemorative Tolkien pint glass. Limited to first 20 registrants. Purchase your ticket here.
7:00 PM: POETRY READINGS
Join us at Eighth Day Books for an evening of poetry:
6:30 PM: ANNUAL INKLINGS LECTURE by Ralph Wood
Join us at Journey the Way Church (147 S. Hillside), just three blocks from Eighth Day Books, for this annual lecture on "G. K. Chesterton as the Father of the Inklings". Purchase your ticket here.
8:00 PM: 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION at Eighth Day Books
Immediately following the Inklings Lecture, make our way to Eighth Day Books to continue the weekend anniversary celebration. Ralph Wood will be signing books and hors d'oeuvres will be provided by the infamous Chris Farha. Libations also provided.
2:30-7:30 PM: OKTOBERFEST behind Eighth Day Books
A family friendly festival featuring:
**Bring cash for food, commemorative Tolkien glasses, and tips / suggested donations for the microbrews.
2:30 PM: Inklings Seminar 1 by Richard Rohlin: "Can the Singer Enter the Tale? Sub-creation, Suffering & Sacrament in Tolkien's Legendarium"
3:15 PM: The Art of Cheese Making
4:00 PM: The Art of the Classical Guitar
4:45 PM: The Art of the Tobacco Pipe
5:30 PM: Inklings Seminar 2 by Richard Rohlin: "Not a Bowl, but a Book: C. S. Lewis & the Sacrament of Story"
LIVE LOCAL MUSIC SCHEDULE
2:30 PM: Finer Spirit
3:15 PM: Jack Korbel
4:00 PM: Aaron Lee Martin
5:00 PM: Jeremy Spring
6:00 PM: Clarensau
PRESENTED BY RICHARD ROHLIN
Richard Rohlin is a husband, father of four, data analyst, and philologist living in Grand Prairie, TX. He is currently in the final semester of pursuing his graduate degree in English Literature and Language from Signum University with a concentration in Germanic philology, producing a new critical edition and translation of the Old Norse poem Hervararkviða. A lover of ancient languages, he has taught through the Bible for the last ten years at his local church, including a three-year study through the book of Isaiah, and teaches a Latin class for adults out of his home. He is currently working on a translation of Vergil’s Aeneid. His essay “Masters of Fate: The Men of the Silmarillion” has been published in Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial. He also co-authored “Do Elves Dream of Immortal Sheep?” in A Wilderness of Dragons, a forthcoming festschrift in honor of Verlyn Flieger. Richard has also peer-reviewed numerous publications in the fields of Inklings Studies and Germanic Philology, most recently The Inklings and King Arthur, and Tolkien’s Apprenticeship. His other hobbies include traditional archery and bowyery, tabletop gaming, conlanging, poetry, and Medieval theology. He also blogs short philological notes at http://blogonthebarrowdowns.blogspot.com/.
Sunday, 2:30 PM: Can the Singer Enter the Tale? Sub-creation, Suffering, and Sacrament in Tolkien’s Legendarium
“The incarnate mind, the tongue, and the tale are in our world coeval…” According to J.R.R. Tolkien, stories aren’t created apart from language—but neither are they created apart from matter. And in what Tolkien calls “the Christian story,” God does not just come down into matter; He actually raises it and redeems it, hallowing the very act of myth-making. Often neglected within the field of Tolkien studies, this is the real thesis of Tolkien’s On Fairy Stories essay, and underwrites Tolkien’s whole theology of sub-creation. Beginning with this lynchpin essay, we will examine how Tolkien develops this idea through lectures, glossopoeia, and fiction, showing not only that our art must use the tools of reality—bread, wine, cold iron, verbs and nouns—but that doing so is a means of revealing and restoring the sacramental purpose of creation.
Sunday, 5:30 PM: Not a Bowl but a Book: C. S. Lewis and the Sacrament of Story
Unlike fellow Inkling J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis rarely hesitated to moralize, lecture, and even preach in his fiction. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe may have begun as a “picture,” but it very quickly developed into a means of slipping past “watchful dragons.” Responding to criticisms that Lewis’s use of fiction as a medium to teach deliberate theological truths stems from an undeveloped sacramental theology, this lecture will follow the “baptism” of Lewis’s imagination, from the Phantastes of George MacDonald to the ornate allegory of Edmund Spenser’s The Fairie Queene. Finally, through Till We Have Faces, Lewis’s last and greatest work of fiction, we will see the reconciliation of Lewis’s allegorical and sub-creative impulses as story itself becomes sacrament.
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