Quaffing Ale With J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in Oxford, England
Welcome to the spot where The Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia were born. While on faculty at Oxford, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis met at what they affectionately called "The Bird and Baby" and invented a new genre of popular literature over pints of ale. Their photos are on the wall of the Rabbit Room where you can sit at the very table they did.The Eagle and Child was ancient before these two literary giants graced the halls of Oxford. It has been a public house since 1650 and still has the low beam ceilings and mullioned windows of that era. Today it is still a favorite spot for faculty, students, and fans of Tolkien and Lewis. Oxford views tourists as a pestilence, and you will find that attitude here. Service is sometimes slow and surly. But to be fair the constant inundation of gawking fans must be tedious.