J.R.R. Tolkien

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inuyashamaniac 1
08/14/2008

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Tolkien is definitely one of the best authors EVER!

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BrazzzBallzzz
07/01/2008

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Unbeatable prose style and sense of story & character building.

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TeresaG
02/27/2008

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

What an imagination! Whether you liked the books/movies or not ~ cannot say there isn't talent there!!!

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BlueOrchid
12/05/2007

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

He is a very versatile and great author. Not only did he create a self-made language, he used it to write his own legacy that will live on.

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SerpentSmasher
09/06/2007

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

A fantastic author.

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Sayyadina
07/29/2007

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Loved The Hobbit (first fantasy novel I ever read ) and read it few times but gave up on the LORT when I was 13 as it was not fast paced enough for me but thankfully the movies were amazing. Still Hobbit is still one of my favorite books and IMO J.R. Tolkein's crowning achievement.

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Jumbojetpresde nt
07/16/2007

J.R.R. Tolkien 1

Over-rated just because he was the first......good story, bad story-telling

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symphoniaglory
12/23/2006

J.R.R. Tolkien 4

no need to say much-everybody know!

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diagetus
10/04/2006

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

The guy is one of the founders and giants of the genre. What else can you say? It's like saying Leonardo Da Vinci was an OK artist. Even though work in a particular discipline becomes more refined, you can't really criticize the masters.

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jmul171
05/17/2006

J.R.R. Tolkien 3

The only reason that Tolkien deserves a place at the table is the originality. The story line is fairly well done, but the prose is sophomoric and needlessly arduous to work through. The only reason he still retains any validity or immediacy is the creativity of Middle Earth and as a transitional book of literature for young people who have worked through the Harry Potter series.

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decalod85
01/27/2006

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

The Hobbit is one of the best books I have ever read. It gives you a concise, interesting story, with measures of humor, horror, heroism and a setting the lives beyond the book. You know reading the book that there is a much larger world outside of what Bilbo is experiencing.

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Darth Sparhawk
12/22/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 3

Well, he deserves 4 stars IMO, but give 3, because I'm annoyed by his fanatic fans!

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Aragorn
12/02/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

MY BIBLE. By the way, Wheel of time series is such a waste of time and money

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oscargamblesfr o
11/12/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Brilliant author, far, FAR more COMPLICATED than some give him credit for. Few, if any, authors ever understood the nature of evil in such depth, and only a handful were even close to him as far as imagination goes. I said it on another thread on this site, but he is the Michael Jordan or Wayne Gretzsky of his genre, and no other writer dominates a genre as thoroughly and powerfully as he does.

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Supernatural IQ
11/10/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

The father of true fantasy. The Lord of the Rings is awesome. I did find some of his other books, such as Silmarillion, to be kind of dull, but the LOTR book and the Hobbit can be read over and over again. My only complaint with the LOTR book is there wasn't a lot of action, fighting, that sort of stuff. Mostly it's them running, daily life stuff, etc. The action scenes are sweet, but they're few and far between. Too much description, too. Who wants to hear a long, tedious description of the landscape or peope when they could be reading an action scene. Tolkien should've left some of it to our imagination.

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WillinNewHaven
10/30/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

No other fantasy author is any better. He may not be any better than a few others but he is as good as any.

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mingna
10/14/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

The best books are the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I kind of liked Farmer Giles of Ham, Letters from Father Christmas and Silmarillion.

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AaronR
10/09/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 3

The movies based on his work were great. But I found the Lord of the Rings books to be a rather tedious read. I had to force myself through it, as opposed to more enjoyable fantasy authors where you get pulled through 1000 pages in a month's time. He spends way too much time describing the landscape and the characters juxtaposition within it. If I hadn't watched the movie before hand, to apply some 'character' to the characters, they would be hopelessly dull. Tolkien is really over-rated IMO. But I have to give him credit for inventing the worlds.

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ActingAngie
08/21/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Best of the Best.

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kukkanen
04/30/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Everything about his Fantasy works, to me, is just perfect. His worlds are so detailed it's hard to believe they never existed. Of course, the plot/characters of LotR are a bit cliche, but as Tolkien was the grandfather of modern Fantasy, that doesn't really count in his case. And it's all executed so beautifully I don't find myself worrying. After all, not everything ends happily (after I finished the trilogy and then read Arwen's Story, I was left feeling moved but at the same time there was a sort of sadness and longing for a world like Tolkien's. These feelings are even stronger when one finishes The Silmarillion). And his languages are awesome! They inspired me to study Finnish.

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tiffanator
04/29/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 1

Tedious novels with an immense deficit in character development and an excess of description in irrelevant areas. Terrible books.

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Djahuti
04/04/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 4

Most of the Lord of the Rings books were well written and entertaining- but some parts dragged & I found myself wishing he'd develop some of the lesser charachters more and spend less time on the imaginary history and geography bits.

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ahz
03/19/2005

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

The original masterwork of fantasy. Amazing reading!

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The Slacker
12/24/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 1

Ya'know what? Tolkien can kiss my Lord of the rings hating ass. I doubt any of you will enjoy this but hey, whacha gonna do? Take me to court? How about kicking me out? why the hell not?! Id love to see it! The slacker has lost it and hes not wasting another goddamn minute on this site! Your thinking im an ass! Your thinking im immature. Sure why the hell not! Right now im acting like an immature ass. As you sit there, head balding and gaining weight, I sit here laughing it up with my friends as I wright this garbage. see ya in hell people!

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irishgit
12/20/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

At his best, one of the best writers in English of the 20th century. His subtle reworkings of Celtic, Norse and Germanic myth into a creation uniquely his own is unmatched in fantasy fiction, in large part because his protagonists are so very human. All are flawed, some fatally so, and all, even the most repulsive, have points of attraction. His lesser works, and those edited and completed by his son, are less appealing than Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, but they are worth exploring if you have the interest. I wouldn't start there though. And as to Slacker, whose scathingly brilliant review appears below: I wouldn't expect any less from someone who, according to their user page, aspires to be a writter when they grow up.

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MariusQelDroma
12/19/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 4

Sorry to disappoint, Slacker, but I have been enjoying the Rings Trilogy and the Silmarilion for many years now, and I find new aspects in Tolkien's writings each time.

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J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Simply the best. There is no one to compare him to.

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afropath
08/02/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

J.R.R. Tolkien was an awesome author not simply because he pioneered the fantasy genre but because he included a bit of himself in his books. He let the world know what his values and ideals were but implanting them into an epic tale of timeless courage, loyalty, and love. The time it took to create Middle-Earth with its races, languages, lands, and lore testifies to Tolkien's brilliance. While current fantasy authors may be more interesting reads, most of them emulate Tolkien's work in some way. None of them took the vast amount of time that Tolkien did in creating a world that was as layered as Middle-Earth.

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ANSGARD
06/03/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Tolkien is FANTASTIC.

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Drakainia
05/30/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 2

Why is he considered the best of all fantasy authors? Everytime I ask this question I get an answer that describes countless other authors, oftentimes better than it fits him.

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J.R.R. Tolkien 4

Awesome reading, though his writing style can be rather dry at times (I still can't quite seem to get through The Hobbit). However, I don't know a single person who loves fantasy that doesn't like Tolkien, so that says a lot.

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MeTalhed
04/22/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

One of the greatest writers of all time. The depth he went into creating the middle earth was brilliant. It takes a creative genius to write like him.

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luck
02/13/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

well,tolkien is my favorite author he is for me the best author of world.I like the way that he writes.He has a beatiful mind he is for me a special person that I like to read the histories that s all thanks.

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Neb Ula
01/09/2004

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

In Zimbabwe miles from the authors place,it is still possible to recognise the creatures andcharacters in Tolien's books. ;s

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CherrySoda99
12/31/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 4

What I have read of his works I think is actually pretty good. I enjoyed the Hobbit. The LOTR Trilogy is ingenious. I love it . The movies arn't bad either. He's a brillient author.

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johnnyred
11/20/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 3

When one takes into account the totality of Tolkiens work then he is found wanting. Tom Bombadil, Tree and Leaf etc Even the Hobbit can take some criticism. Some very ordinary works including the many volumes on the history of the Middle Earth (only for real geeks)

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OkieAirForceBr at
08/04/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 3

The guy is a creative genius. Unfortunately he is not such a great writer. He is above average but does not do his creation justice. The characters were real, but weak. The detail was way way way too much. The pace was too slow, and the ending was too sudden.

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KoRnChild70
05/31/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Tolkien...simply the best. He began the whole world of fantasy that many writers and games try to recreate. Elves, dwarves, orcs, goblins, hobbits (half-lings), and the likes all living in a single world is his creation! He tells the story like a god...creating each scene with a great hand and a beautiful imagination that will forever be my inspiration. The Hobbit is clearly the greatest story ever told...a simple tale that does not involve one man being the hero of the entire world. It is simply a hobbit who travels with a wizard and dwarves who eventually helps that small group of dwarves gain back their home. How original!!! The Lord of the Rings was also a great tale, my favorite book but not story. Sure, my second favorite story, but the best book ever. People don't understand...there is no fantasy writer who even comes close to Tolkien. They all end very far from him. Nobody has come close to being as good or better. Tolkien...I honor your memeory. Not even Shakespeare nears his talent...although he wrote plays, still as a writer Tolkien was better. Shakespeare was good too...TOLKIEN WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST WRITER EVER.

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TheBlueWyvern
05/26/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

No one has ever come even close to this man...and I'm a voracious reader of all kinds of literature. Been a fan of his since I first read The Lord of the Rings when I was 10 years old...and I'm 26 now. It's one of those books I've read at least once a year, every year (I used to read it about 4 times a year until I was about 19).

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nolfie
05/25/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Stunning world with immense depth. Ontop of that I just wanna add: "Beautiful poetic handling of the language". Don't!!! read a translation!

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David_Swe
04/28/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 1

The personallity doesn't develop as well as they should, it 's not as detailed, there are no breathtaking battles and I hate those childish things as hobbits and dwarfes with axes...

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tvmoviemusicfr ek
03/24/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

best author of all times

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leonheart00
03/02/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

THE ONE! THE ONLY!! THE LEGEND!!! J.R.R. Tolkien, the most brilliant Fantasy writer of all time!! Start with the Hobbit and work throgh the lord of the rings trilogy, and then silmarillion to top it all off... Delicious! O_o But, truth is... I dont see how he "Created SciFi" thats kind of a dumb thing to say since his writings are not sci fi at all, but fantasy. Besides, Jules Verne could be better crowned as forefather of Sci Fi. Ignorant Masses, I swear :P

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Hey!
02/14/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

I think this book is great. Tolkien makes it feel like Middle Earth is a real place and that you wouldn't want to run into an orc. Everything is described really well. Although this can be tiring sometimes, most of the time it's wonderful.

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anmalone
02/11/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Peerless poet.

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Gups11
01/25/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 3

Good writer at best. Jordan, Goodkind, Martin and others blow him away. He is simply popular because he pioneered this genre, but his books are average.

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Fealomwen
01/20/2003

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Love him - my all-time favorite author!!!

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The Grand Kahuna
10/28/2002

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

What a wonderful author. His Lord of The Rings far surpasses any other literature work. J.R.R. Tolkien had a brilliant mind that he used well and to the utmost degree. He is definitely the best author on this page, and for me, the best author anywhere.

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Chaotician23
08/26/2002

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

The best fantasy author ever. Don't say he's not...show me a better fantasy author and I will take back this comment.

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schmittchen
07/24/2002

J.R.R. Tolkien 5

Tolkien is THE author who invented the genre fantasy new. His way of showing dwarfs, elves and humans had been revolutionary. He is also an inspiration for young authors and his figures influenced a lot of people all over the world.

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