Northerness and Joy

C.S.Lewis, Tolkien and “Northerness”

Dwight Longenecker
4 min readApr 13, 2024

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By Fr Dwight Longenecker

In Surprised by Joy C.S.Lewis recounted a moment in his childhood which struck like a sword of beauty to his heart

“. . . I had become fond of Longfellow’s Saga of King Olaf but then, and quite different from such pleasures, and like a voice from far more distant regions there came a moment when I idly turned the pages of the book and found the

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Dwight Longenecker

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