Before the wars in Middle-earth, before the battles of Narnia, there was a war in Europe—the Great War, the war to end war, that fell tragically short of that dream of peace, and left men and nations broken in body and soul. Two young English army officers were caught up in this storm of war: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Yet, by a strange chance, if chance it was, the young men emerged from the horror of the trenches with some flicker of hope still gleaming—they had, as Joseph Loconte puts it, “rediscovered faith, friendship, and heroism in the cataclysm.” In this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, David Grubbs interviews Dr. Joseph Loconte, Associate Professor of History at King’s College in New York City and author of A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War (Thomas Nelson, 2015).

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