Mike Biles is Sally Cronin’s guest ~ Aslan and Gandalf go for a pint

Mike Biles, from A Bit About Britain, continues his explorations at Smorgasbord:

Delighted to welcome Mike Biles, author of A Bit About Britain’s History as a guest writer until the end of the year.

Aslan and Gandalf go for a pint

Eagle, Child, pub, Oxford, Tolkien, Lewis

How often do you walk into a pub mentally dwelling on things like wizards and talking lions? Be honest now. If you need help with this, try stepping over the threshold of Oxford’s Eagle and Child, because it was a favourite watering-hole of close friends JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Eagle and Child, name origin, Earl of Derby

Disappointingly, there’s nothing obviously magical about the Eagle and Child – though it does offer a captivating pint of local Brakspear’s for a paranormally reasonable price, and the barmaid is enchanting. It has been a pub since 1650 and, before that, had a role in the Civil War (1642-49), when Oxford was the Royalist capital of England and the building was either used as a pay-house or a playhouse, depending on the source of your typo. Its name comes from the arms of the Earl of Derby, the Stanley family, who I assume had some connection with it back in the foggy mists of time. The Eagle and Child’s long history has, however, been subordinated to the lure of its more recent fantastic literary connections.

Continue reading at Smorgasbord

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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3 Responses to Mike Biles is Sally Cronin’s guest ~ Aslan and Gandalf go for a pint

  1. dgkaye says:

    This was a fab post! ❤

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