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November 7th, 2008, 12:58
Originally Posted by GhanBuriGhan View Post
One may dispute Tolkiens literary ability (with some justice, as mentioned above) but there is no sensible deniying of his enormous importance for the development of western (pop) culture since. So "taking serious" may have different connotations and depends on context. In that sense Doyle is actually an excellent comparison. Not high literature either, but hugely influential and genre defining as well.
Exactly right. The quality of Tolkein's actual writing is not considered particularly high at all. His linguistic composition and use of that to create an English mythology (which we're sadly lacking in compared to many cultures) is what rightly earns him a place among the greats.
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