I respect all of your responses, and i just like to say that when i say it's the greatest story known to man, that’s obviously only my opinion. i Too took a while to read them because i would have to get into them. But as a writer’s point of view, Tolkien was one of the greatest. Not too many people know the history behind his writings. But if you did look into them, you would see the story, behind the story. LOTR is the book that inspired me to write Lost in Her Own Insanity, which is still in progress. The actual story he is telling is the story of his life and him living through the great world wars, and how his life was changed by this great evil. I would highly recommend writers to look into Tolkien and the hidden story behind his trilogy. Even if you didn’t really enjoy the book, as a writer, you should see how his mind worked. He was really a genius. I personally am more actuated with Tolkien as a writer, and a person in general than his work. And as for the comment on the writing being out of date for this day of age. I agree completely. I know a lot of people who couldn't understand some of the terminology, but as for me, i love it. I am a student of old English, and enjoy it immensely. Old English is so much more beautiful, and more of an art than our language today. Like the Anglo-Saxons language, which the elves in LOTR are based on. They are the last civilization and culture that still uses a type of old English. And they're dieing out. And to me it's sad, because once they are gone, their no one left. And old English will die as a used language. Like the old Latin, that no one really knows. And when it dies, a type of art dies. It’s like losing painters and paintings. Instead of paining we just click a mouse and create it on a computer. And that’s why i love the Lord of the Rings, and books like Shakespeare. And it's sad that not a lot of people can read them now a days because they don't understand the language. So by losing the language we're losing the books and stories with it. That’s why LOTR and Tolkien will always have a place in my heart and mind.