Friday Flash 55: The Inklings

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and others met at the pub,
Lifted a pint or two and discussed what to write.
They handed out drafts of their work to their peers
And talked about edits while having a bite.
Lewis and Tolkien went on to great fame,
And now all of us know them by name.


The Eagle and Child Pub (known to local insiders as the "Bird and Baby") is in Oxford, England.  It was home to regular meetings of a group of writers who called themselves The Inklings.

And the rest is history.


This is my offering for G-Man's Friday Flash 55. For more little morsels, pay him a visit.


  1. No kidding, to just be in that room and question those guys, then shoot the crap with them. Course, I think sometimes I talk with the next generation of those guys and it is awesome!

    Spiderman's Ride is my 55 this week.

  2. so which pub do you want to meet at patti?

  3. How awesome to visit such a landmark pub!
    (I'd love to raise a pint and make a toast there)

    An interesting and informative 55, Patti!

  4. Like attracts like. This was neat. I like that dual meaning in the "inklings" - great name choice. Great 55, Patti!

  5. I've been there - it's just that I missed them by a few years. I would love to have met them, though - especially Tolkien.

  6. Thank God for modern times eh Patti?
    Back then they may have NOT let you in.
    Loved your 55 My Friend
    I would have been basking in historical literary glory.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  7. Patti

    Love the photo, now maybe we could convince Jeff to serve a pint, my writings would be better, however, on the other hand, it may take me 10 years to write that book like Tolkien, oops what am I saying it is taking me 10 years, blush.

    Smiles to you lovely 55er,


  8. two of my favorite writers! would love to have a beer there...

  9. Any chance we can parlay a coffee klatch into something akin to a pub-crawl? There's nothing quite as inspirational as face time with the people who inspire us.

    (Raises her mug)

  10. Now wouldn't that be a group to be part of!

  11. What a neat piece of author's trivia. Love it.

  12. Would have loved to have been there with them!

  13. I LOVE Lewis. This was an inspirational 55.

  14. For some reason it cracks me up that the pub's logo is a picture of a kid being carried away by a giant bird.
    And it's not even a stork. :)

  15. I didn't realize they knew each other. Now I want to run out and join a writer's group.

  16. terrific summation of some powerful literary history!

  17. And that is how coffee hoses became famous in the 18th Century England!

  18. I didn't know that! An educational 55 - thankyou. :)

  19. I wish I could find a writer's group that would meet for a chat in my local! :)

  20. What a nice tidbit of information. Wish I had a pub like that, and I don't even drink beer.

  21. Would have loved to be a fly on the wall...wouldn't it have been wonderful to witness their meetings?

  22. Thanks for coming, my friends. i agree with you all. Oh, to have been there.

  23. An acquaintance of mine swears he visited Tolkien at his home. He says the walls were festooned with maps and runes from Middle Earth. I can't vouche for this acquaintance o' mine, but it may be true (or not).

    I do know this: I sojourned to a Mexican village in search of 'shrooms. I found pictures/posters/photos of Walt Disney everywhere. And I was told that Walt visited there every year to catch the mushroom harvest. And, I gotta say, whenever I watch the scene with the dancing mushrooms in Fantasia...I believe.

  24. Sat in that pub with my writing colleague and imagined a scene with the "Inklings"

    Nice 55

    moon smiles


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