On Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings Essay

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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
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The love triangle between the protagonist and two boys is a teenager’s favorite cliché and can be found in just about every teen novel now days. What puts The Lord of the Rings over the top? Sure, there are many good books out there but The Lord of the Rings was written by an Oxford university professor and talented linguist. According to the BBC’s “The Big Read” readers selected Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as the number one best book of all time, followed by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at number two, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at number five (The Big Read- Top 100). Tolkien’s mother taught him French, German, and Latin; throughout his schooling and his career he also learned Welsh, Finnish, and Old Norse (Beyond the Movie- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King). The mythical books Tolkien wrote were about language, The Lord of the Rings reflects Tolkien’s sadness at the death of languages and culture. He uses his stories as an excuse to create new languages. The high Elves language, Quenya, was inspired by Finnish (Beyond the Movie- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King). Going through Tolkien’s works, especially The Lord of the Rings, one can feels sadness as the elves diminish from Middle Earth; they with their history, language, and beauty will soon be gone forever. The Dwarves too are becoming less and less in numbers and the Common Speech, as it is called is spoken more and more. There will soon be

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