Oct 31 2012, 4:04am
But that is different than not being a professional "writer," which IMO, he was.
He may not have been a professional modern novelist
In my opinion, given his deep understanding of the English language, he was one of the most uniquely professionally qualified people to use the English language for story-telling!
If, however, you define writer as "someone who adheres to the prevailing trends of modern literary convention," you are absolutely correct. He is not a professional writer in that sense. But I could go on about the lit-lang debate, and will stop here. Suffice it to say that IMO, one should not divorce the two fields.
I thank God Tolkien was the strange specimen he was. Otherwise, I don't think many people would be reading his work, nevermind turning it into films.
(This post was edited by Shelob'sAppetite on Oct 31 2012, 4:05am)