It didn’t occur to Me before now, as I was reading The Fellowship of the Ring for the second time. I came across the scene where Lady Galadriel was showing Frodo the mysterious Mirror. There was an act there that had a resemblance to C.S. Lewis; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
In the former, the Lady of Light was telling Frodo what would happen if she were to take the Ring of Power for herself.
In place of the Dark Lord, you’ll have a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth. All shall love me and despair!
In the latter, Lucy Pevensie headed up the stairs of the great Magician’s castle. She was supposed to find a Book of Spells, with which she’d utter from, some chants to free the local people of the island from their condition.
When she came across a page that said: An infallible spell to make beautiful her that uttereth it beyond the lot of mortals.
She instantly fell for this; as would most of our ladies do these days. And uttered the spell, and became the most beautiful lady in the world. Beautiful beyond all measure.
She then saw the pictures. She was seated on a very high throne at a great Tournament in Calormen and all the Kings of the world fought because of her beauty. After that it turned from tournaments to real wars, and all Narnia and Archenland, Telmar and Calormen, Galma and Terebinthia, were laid waste with the fury of kings and dukes and great Lords who fought for her favour.
Well, this might just be a coincidence, or they both point at something important we ought to know. Something about Women.
It is worthy to know that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were very good friends back in the days when they were part of the Inklings; an informal writers’ club that met at a local pub to discuss story ideas.