• The Eagle and Child


    The British have a way with names…many pubs are outright compelling enough to lure you in for a pint on curiosity of name alone. The Lamb and Flag, The Bear, The Eagle and Child—and those are just pubs in the small town of Oxford. In the 1940s and 1950s, a small group of Oxford academics met on Tuesdays at The Eagle and Child to read and discuss members' unfinished works. This venerable group, of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien fame, called themselves "The Inklings." Technically, it was neither a club nor a literary society, though it partook of the nature of both, according to member (and elder brother of C.S. Lewis) Warren Lewis.

    Familiarly and alliteratively known in the Oxford community as The Bird and Baby, the pub nurtured discussions that contributed to the final form of both Lewis' Narnia books and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Needless to say, my crossing the threshold for a pint was as if setting foot on literary holy ground. The warmly lit stool-laden maze of rooms are reminiscent of a pub right out of Hobbiton...fitting, actually. And though the name is sure to lure you in, The Eagle and Child's rich history will inspire you to settle in for a pint, if not two.

    Sep 20, 2012 | Permalink (4) Total Comments

    Mary left a comment on 10/28/2012 at 10:36 AM:

    this was one of my favorite stops during a 2 week trek through Scotland and England a couple of summers ago. walking through the door felt a little magical. glad you were able to enjoy it!

    David Bloom left a comment on 10/17/2012 at 5:21 PM:

    The pics and posts from England are great-keep em coming!

    emjkmj left a comment on 10/17/2012 at 9:21 AM:

    I am sure these exterior shots evoke fond memories of your trip, but as a reader they are a little boring.  How about some interior shots so we can see the hobbit-like rooms…

    Desmond Kinlaw left a comment on 10/17/2012 at 8:58 AM:

    I appreciate you highlighting notable spots in NY and abroad. My Google Map is full of starred locations I’ve learned about from this site. Could be another coffee table book idea…I’d buy it.

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