CS Lewis and Tolkien on Myth and Knowledge. Article: 01.03.11 Share:. This is the essence of what Tolkien, in his essay On Fairy-Stories, calls recovery. By placing the familiar (or over-familiar) in an unfamiliar setting we see it, as it were, for the first time. We see it afresh. Tolkien, in the same essay, provides his own example: We should meet the centaur and the dragon, and then.