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Bhauger said:Hodge said:
No, I don't think that's it at all. It's just a lousy writing style, most of it is passive right?
I just don't see how you can come up with that gem right there, considering a lot of his fans are little kids.
I've read Dune and A Song of Ice and Fire, I'd say they're infinitely more complex than Lord of the Rings. I know, I know, EBUUUL VS GOOOOD can take you by surprise at least once, or almost once, a book!
Hodge said:Tolkien is the founder of modern fantasy. He created orcs, elves, trolls, goblins, and almost every other fantastical beast as we know them today. And of course, the whole dark lord thing (which has been overdone so much that it's now cliché).
Hodge said:I don't read much fantasy because of this. I read Wizard's First Rule by Robert Jordan and while it was okay, it didn't seem like anything special.
Danny77 said:Thats the only way to describe it. Also, if you want a good read, read the letters of JRR tolkien. It really lets you see what kind of person tolkien was and what his life was like. He was a great writer and a great person. I have the utmost respect for Tolkien, and everything he has written. I love the last line he had written in what was probably his last letter he ever wrote.