For me the writings of Tolkien are rich in everything, everything meshes to feel RIGHT. I think part of it is his ability to "paint" a detailed picture of a place, of a creature, of the enchantment involved. He is an artist in every sense of the word. Then suddenly, you might find yourself in the story where he does not paint a picture as vividly as before and your imagination moves in, that is a true joy.
I know some say they couldn't stand reading LOTR because Tolkien was too "flowery" and he seemed to go on and on about things when they wanted to get to the point. This may be true for them but I admit, going on and on about things makes that thing bloom in my mind and anchors it, makes it substantial and it feels true. It also teaches me the use of obscure words which I can appreciate.
Having studied 19th and 20th century literature I found many writers wrote more descriptively, they even got bogged down in it to the point that they went unpublished or sunk into obscurity. It was definitely a time when language was richer and the truly creative used a variety of words that were just right for the phrase and to make its meaning more clear. I do think much of modern writing misses a chance to bloom because they are trying to follow the strictures of what they have been taught as to what is important as modern writers. We seem to be a people of short sentences and short attention spans. We have developed into being satisfied with short sound bites rather than wanting to know more detail. I think we who enjoy Tolkien miss that older way of writing.
It has been said Professor Tolkien created his stories to set up a mystical past for England, that the stories were carriers for his languages. I think it's why it is logical, it has a history that goes far beyond the world as it sits now and many of the things that happen relate to that history. So they don't feel contrived.
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