An Appreciation of Tolkien
by William Alan Rieser
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He coins words like Dali painted images and crafts visions of places that
are unforgattable. For example, the hidden valley of Rivendell, the last home
of the High
Elves in Middle Earth. And he sanctifies the place with an older, more magical
a misty, forgotten past, Imladris. Contrast this against the lurking, black,
evil sites of
Thangorodrim and Mordor or the threatening sound of ancient, dark servants, the
His wordsmith talent alone was masterful.
Having created a brilliant scenario, Tolkien then decided to fortify and
the image with mythology and private histories, a chronology of ages. As in The
he made full use of poetic interludes and songs to intrigue us with specialized
applicable to portions of hidden sagas, mystical elements and fragments of
dreams to tantalize our imaginations. This, even more than the main story,
drama as a fantasy and elevates it above any other ever written to date. To
give that much
attention to the minuscule is an extraordinary effort that no other writer is
engage, at least so far. He describes other eons and delineates a believable
whereupon we see with clarity how the final war comes about and ends with the
destruction of Morgoth and the enemies he has fashioned over an incredibly long
span of time, beauty and terror, rather reminiscent of Milton's epic.
To those who say they don't like the work or cannot get into it, I suspect
haven't given it a chance or are being lazy or dishonest about attempting it
its length. It is a first class mind shaper, one that covers all the emotions,
and strengths of all of us with considerable wit and style. It is couched in
readable fashion with tons of surprises, twists and turns and a denouement
none. Read it for true and prove me wrong. I doubt if you can do it.
Tolkien writes with a passion and literacy that few achieve. I got the
the man was sorry to let the work end, that he might have been satisfied to
forever and even lose himself within its intricacy, so mightily did he craft
the world. This
is more than mere entertainment, more than just fantasy. It is a genius and a
work of art
to be held in awe by readers and reverence as authors. To reinforce my opinion,
film makers have been trying desperately to capture the quality of the work,
LOTR, for many years. A new film approaches even as I write this, one that we
admirers hope will do the story justice and put its real impact on the screen.
hope it does that.
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