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Lewis & Tolkien: The Story Behind the Phenomenon

Lewis & Tolkien is the official theme of the 2010 C. S. Lewis Festival. Celebrating the friendship and literary achievements of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, the Festival features Tolkien scholars Doug Anderson and Dr. Diana Glyer.

Dr. Glyer will deliver the keynote address on Friday, October 22 at north Central Michigan College. This event is free and open to the public.

Both Dr. Glyer and Mr. Anderson will present at the Saturday Seminar. Please register for this event on our registration page.

Dr. Diana Glyer

Dr. Diana Glyer

Diana Glyer teaches English at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. She holds degrees in art, education, literature, and composition, and she is particularly interested in the way creativity thrives within small groups and creative clusters. She has published extensively on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. She is the author of The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community.

Dr. Glyer is our keynote lecturer at our Manthei Speaker Series on the evening of Friday, October 22 at North Central Michigan College. She will also speak at our Saturday Seminar, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. October 23 at North Central Michigan College.

Books and chapters by Dr. Glyer


The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community , Kent State University Press, 2007.

The Liberal Arts in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions, Exploring Possibilities , University Press of America, 1998.


“Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings,” The New Writer’s Handbook: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career, Volume 2, edited by Philip Martin, Scarletta Press, 2008.

“C. S. Lewis Scholarship: A Bibliographic Overview” with David Bratman, in C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, Legacy, edited by Bruce L. Edwards, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.

“A Reader’s Guide to Books about C. S. Lewis” in The Pilgrim’s Guide: C. S. Lewis and the Art of Witness, edited by David Mills, Eerdmans, 1998.

Douglas Anderson

Douglas Anderson

Douglas A. Anderson's first book was The Annotated Hobbit (1988; revised and expanded 2002), and it is mostly for his work on J.R.R. Tolkien that he is known today. He corrected the text in various editions of The Lord of the Rings published between 1987 and 2002, contributing an introductory “Note on the Text” on the complicated publishing history of the work. He co-edited with Verlyn Flieger a critical edition of Tolkien’s famous essay about fairy-stories, publishing for the first time Tolkien’s extensive draft. This book came out in England in 2008 under the title Tolkien On Fairy-stories. He is a founding co-editor (with Michael D.C. Drout and Verlyn Flieger) of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, of which seven volumes have appeared since 2003.

Anderson has also specialized in the history of fantasy literature, and has introduced new editions of works by Kenneth Morris, Clemence Housman, Leonard Cline, and many others. He resurrected E. A. Wyke-Smith 1927 children’s book, The Marvellous Land of Snergs, which was an importance source for The Hobbit. Two of his anthologies, Tales Before Tolkien (2003) and Tales Before Narnia (2008), study the sources for the fantasy writings by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

Mr. Anderson is a featured lecturer at our Saturday Seminar, which takes place from  9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. October 23 at North Central Michigan College.

Selected books by Mr. Anderson

The Annotated Hobbit , published by Houghton Mifflin

hardcover $30.00 ISBN 9780618134700

Tales Before Tolkien , published by Ballantine

trade paperback $ 14.95 ISBN 9780345458551

mass market paperback (with one story less) $7.50 ISBN 9780345458568

Tales Before Narnia , published by Ballantine

trade paperback $15.00 ISBN 9780345498908