One thing I love is how the npcs are actually doing things, like laundry, talking to each other, actually gesturing to each other at the tables in the mead halls, how there are children, and so on. It actually feels like a real world. I know you mean the combat animations, but your thread title made me think of this.
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!"
Continuing the never ending battle to keep Lobelia Sackville-Baggins in check