J. R. R. Tolkien Writing Styles in Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle-earth

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Point of View

The point of view of these stories varies. Often the tales are told from the point of view of an omniscient third party who knows all of the happenings and the thoughts and feelings of all the characters. The narrator, in this case, is generally anonymous. At times, however, the narrator is not omniscient but knows only what is written in the histories of the people of Numenor and Middle-earth. In many of these cases, the narrator explicitly states that the stories come from best guesses based on the written lore and history. Occasionally, the story meanders into a long quote from one of the characters (as is the case when Voronwe explains how Ulmo brought him to Tuor), essentially telling the narrative as a flashback in the first person point of view. In a single case, the story is told from the point of view...

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