Sunday, July 24, 2011

How bad is Tolkien, really?

I don't endorse this assessment, but I find it hilariously provocative:
Elf-besotted fans aside, why shouldn't Tolkien be granted admission to the literary pantheon? Well, for one thing, his detractors argue, his prose is unbearably archaic. "Sometimes, reading Tolkien, I am reminded of the Book of Mormon," writes [Harold] Bloom. Tolkien's verse--which litters the text of The Lord of the Rings--is generally accepted to be even worse.
--Chris Mooney, "Kicking the Hobbit."

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