J. R. R. Tolkien | Critical Essay by Richard Purtill

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of J. R. R. Tolkien.
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Critical Essay by Richard Purtill

One criticism made of Tolkien is that his language is general, unspecific, not evocative of particular images unlike that of D. H. Lawrence, for example. But Tolkien writes in this way on theory and of set purpose. As some scattered remarks make clear, Tolkien distrusts overspecific description in fantasy for the same reason he is wary of pictures in such books: both have the effect of dragooning the imagination, forcing us to see the scene in a certain way. (pp. 40-1)

[Another] accusation is that the language in, for example, the Rings is "derivative," full of echoes of other literature…. Of course, this is a highly relative matter. If you have not read the other literature you will miss the echoes, and if you read The Hobbit before Beowulf, the dragon in Beowulf is likely to remind you of...

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