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Why do some people say that Tolkien wasn't a writer?

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Feb 2 2013, 1:19am


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Tolkien's style of writing, even at the time, was incredibly old fashioned and dull. He was greatly influenced by poets like William Wordsworth who specialized in pastoral poetry hundreds of years previously. Even in the 1950s, writing that drones on and on about shrubbery and forestry details was viewed as uninteresting. And the reason the LoTR films are better than the books is just that. The story was great, but it was buried in a mountain of long-windedly-bad writing.

What? Tolkien had a great mastery of the English language, I'm sure he made his prose that way on purpose (and it's not boring, I think people's attention spans are dwindling year by year). The guy was a perfectionist.

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(This post was edited by Rane on Feb 2 2013, 1:20am)

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Why do some people say that Tolkien wasn't a writer? Rane Send a private message to Rane Feb 2 2013, 1:19am
    No accounting for taste. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Feb 2 2013, 2:38am
    He has certainty lasted a long time! Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 2 2013, 6:31am
    What is great literature? Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 2 2013, 10:39am
        I wonder if they regret their decision Rane Send a private message to Rane Feb 2 2013, 9:19pm
            What makes a writer... Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 2 2013, 10:01pm
    What about it? sador Send a private message to sador Feb 3 2013, 8:01am
    I think it's a matter of opinion - geordie Send a private message to geordie Feb 3 2013, 9:47am
        Well put squire Send a private message to squire Feb 3 2013, 2:21pm
            Also well put. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Feb 3 2013, 6:59pm
                Some critical reviews... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Feb 7 2013, 3:07am
    Unfortunately, Tolkien will never win it. macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Feb 3 2013, 12:05pm
        Tolkien never will win the Nobel Prize for Literature geordie Send a private message to geordie Feb 3 2013, 12:48pm
            The Nobel Prize has been awarded posthumously macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Feb 3 2013, 3:40pm
    Just a minor, supplementary point: The Nobel Prize Committee NZ Strider Send a private message to NZ Strider Feb 11 2013, 7:27am
    I heard that too sam90 Send a private message to sam90 Feb 27 2013, 5:31pm

 
 
 

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