On Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings

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Final Paper- Evaluation Argument A Paper on the Complete Awesomeness of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien A good book according to Jim Menick, a writer for Reader Digest, must have believable and lovable characters, narrative drive, and stories that are entertaining rather than disturbing (Menick). A story’s characters must have depth, and feel real to the reader. If a character seems false, the whole book will. A book has to have a captivating storyline or readers will lose interest, it has to hold their attention; a good story line is the backbone of any good book. Finally, a good book must transport the reader into the world of the story, whether it is a future civilization, a past society, a current civilization, or a…show more content…
Around the time of World War I and World War II Tolkien could see that the world was becoming more globalized, industrialized, and that many cultures and nations were being overshadowed by others that thought themselves superior. The Lord of the Rings has a hidden point to be made, a point that goes farther that the Ring or the Fellowship; it is that language is just as important and as much a part of culture as the people and histories themselves, and it must be preserved. Tolkien uses much imagery in The Lord of the Rings, so much that reading the book almost becomes like reading a geography book. David Day wrote A Tolkien Bestiary in which is an alphabetical list of all of the creatures, peoples, places, and plants mentioned throughout Tolkien’s books, notes and letters. In Day’s book he created a map of Middle Earth and the Undying Lands using Tolkien’s descriptions in his works. Figure http://aidanmoher.com/blog/page/3/ Few books on the market today provide such stunning details about the settings features, few authors think it matters, but it really adds to the story and can make a reader feel as if they have just fallen through a portal into another world. Though the complete history of Middle Earth and its people are not given fully in any of The Lord of the Rings books, Tolkien comprised an actual history for this world. In most books a character will say, “I’d tell you the whole story, but it’s far too long, so I’m only going to tell you a part of
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