Robert Hardy and C.S. Lewis, by James O’Fee

The actor Robert Hardy was the guest in last week’s Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4 – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017c8gp ). Hardy is now in his 80s, but he remembers C.S. Lewis.

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During the Second World War, Hardy trained in the RAF but, by the time he had qualified, the Bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima, so that Hardy never saw active service.

After the War Hardy studied History at Oxford University. His tutor, however, suggested that Hardy should switch to English in his 3rd year. “Why?” asked Hardy. “Because, if you do, your tutor for English Literature will be C.S. Lewis, and for Anglo-Saxon he will be J.R.R. Tolkien”, was the reply. 

So Hardy switched. He loved the teaching of both men.

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