I’m reading “The Screwtape Letters” and saw this. I bet C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien had the same friendship Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan have. Inseparable mates.
From what I understand, it was somewhat more complicated than that. This is actually a great example, since Tolkien got super pissed off that Lewis dedicated a book about demons to him.
Tolkien actually thought Screwtape was a SUPER bad idea. He warned Lewis that it could be really dangerous to think and write like a demon. Then Lewis dedicated the Screwtape to him. Cheeky. (Fun Fact: Tolkien didn’t like The Chronicles of Narnia, either.)
I was just thinking… I don’t know of anything that Lewis wrote that Tolkien did like. I know Lewis loved Tolkien’s Middle Earth works, but I don’t think the artistic admiration was ever reciprocated.