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Old December 1, 2017, 20:34   #3
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Originally Posted by bio_hazard View Post
It's hard to put a finger on why Tolkien has such staying power- the stories and writing are far from perfect but there's something so convincing about the world that it feels like it's an important part of our real world history rather than a crafted experience.
Lord of the Rings was Tolkein setting a story in the world he'd spent so much effort on building. He was a worldbuilder first, and a storyteller second. Not many authors are willing to construct multiple conlangs and a remarkably complete history and mythology just to give a setting for their stories.
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