Friday, July 13, 2007

Marty Robertson Looks at Some Really Ancient Civilizations

You remember Marty Robertson, don't you? Well, he's still in Europe, but has made his way to England. Yes, he's in the comparably modern Oxford, which is only one millennium old compared to other places that he has visited. However, it turns out that he's looking at some really ancient civilizations of the mind.

We fed the ducks in University Park and sat on the bench there dedicated to Tolkien. Apparently he liked to sit in the park at this bench along the Cherwell River under the willow trees. We think we found “Old Man Willow.”

We went to dinner one evening at the Eagle and Child pub, better known to locals as the Bird and Baby. It’s just a regular neighborhood pub but was made famous by a group of Oxford scholars who used to meet in the Rabbit Room for a bite and a pint each week. This group used to discuss their current writing projects (primarily narrative fiction) as well as politics and theology. Members of this group included J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and others. Fish and chips never tasted so smart.

So Robertson leaves Greece and ends up in Middle Earth and Narnia.


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