Tolkien’s literary style

*** Rateliff, John D. “ ‘A Kind of Elvish Craft’: Tolkien as Literary Craftsman. Tolkien Studies 6 (2009): 1-26. This article examining Tolkien’s literary style was specially commissioned for this volume of Tolkien Studies. Rateliff argues that Tolkien’s typically spare sensory description of scenes is meant to draw the reader in by having him provide his own images of the scenery. Digresses at the end into a somewhat trivial (even if valid) and, for purposes of the present article, irrelevant critique of the decision of leading scholars to change future editions of the LOTR to have Merry say that there are only “five” ponies in the stable at Crickhollow.

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