In my humble opinion, and it's just that, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are the greatest pieces of literature that anyone has ever written. The way he writes is just ingenious.
I mean, he has Galadrial and Celeborn talking in very correct English and on the other hand you have Sam muttering about being hung on the end of a rope as a warning to numbskulls.
I am going from memory as I write this because I am at work, but one phrase I loved from Tolkien's writings was how he described how angry Smaug was when he discovered(What the Hell did Bilbo take, I'm drawing a blank) something was missing from his horde. Tolkien described it as “His rage passes description - the sort of rage that is only seen when rich folk that have more than they can enjoy suddenly lose something that they have long had but have never before used or wanted.”
I love that phrase.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming "WOW, what a ride!"
[I][FONT=comic sans ms][COLOR=#ffff00]Continuing the never ending battle to keep Lobelia Sackville-Baggins in check[/COLOR][/FONT][/I]