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The familial comfort of the Shire and the warmth and safety of a hobbit hole; an unknown road leading to adventures untold; escaping impending danger with the aid of a newfound friend; being welcomed into the breathtaking beauty and skill of Loth Lorien; becoming an integral part of a an epic fellowhip: Each of these things speak to a aching desire, a yearning, within each of us. We are delighted by the unfolding story as it reflects those points in our own lives that define who we are. And we are spellbound as we are able, for a brief moment, to live out a story bigger than ourselves.

We really need this fantasy to be true. Don't we?

What if it was? No... not simply the tale... but the essence? What if there really was a great enemy, a perilous quest, a sacrifice, an awakening, an abiding romance? It is our contention that there is just such a true story... and that each of us yearns for our lives to be lived within it. The following articles by Tolkien, Lewis and others discuss this interaction between myth and reality and reveal glimpses of the Supreme Story.

Myth and Reality

J.R.R. Tolkien
  "The peculiar quality of the 'joy' in successful Fantasy can thus be explained as a sudden glimpse of the underlying reality or truth."
Excerpt from "Orthodoxy" by G.K. Chesterton
  "The things I believed most then, the things I believe most now, are the things called fairy tales. They seem to me to be the entirely reasonable things."
Mythopoeia, a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien
  "The heart of man is not compound of lies, // but draws some wisdom from the only Wise, // and still recalls Him. Though now long estranged // Man is not wholly lost nor wholly changed."

The Supreme Story?

Jan 30, 1945 letter to Christopher Tolkien by J.R.R. Tolkien
  "...but certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy Earth. We all long for it, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most humane, is still soaked with the sense of 'exile'."
Unknown excerpt by C.S. Lewis
  "Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us in the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened."
Excerpt from "Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's to Be Said" by C.S. Lewis
  Everything began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn't even anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord.
Excerpt from "God in the Dock" by C.S. Lewis
  The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. The old myth of the Dying God, without ceasing to be myth comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history.
Real Joy and True Myth
  A more detailed look into C.S. Lewis' perspective.
Tolkien: The Man, the Myth and the Movie by Jim Layman
  "Tolkien viewed the New Testament Gospels as containing a sort of (true) fairy-story, embracing 'all the essence of fairy-stories'. He saw the Birth of Christ as the eucatastrophe of Man's history."

A simple account of the Supreme Story
From "The Sacred Romance"
by Brent Curtis & John Eldredge

Act I, the Trinity at the beginning of time
Act II, the War of the Angels
Act III, the age of Humanity
Act IV, the restoration of all things

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