J.R.R. Tolkien

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    Thu Aug 14 2008

    Tolkien is definitely one of the best authors EVER!

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    Tue Jul 01 2008

    Unbeatable prose style and sense of story & character building.

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    Wed Feb 27 2008

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

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    Wed Dec 05 2007

    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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    Thu Sep 06 2007

    A fantastic author.

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    Sun Jul 29 2007

    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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    Mon Jul 16 2007

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

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    Sat Dec 23 2006

    no need to say much-everybody know!

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    Wed Oct 04 2006

    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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    Wed May 17 2006

    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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    Fri Jan 27 2006

    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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    Thu Dec 22 2005

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

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    Fri Dec 02 2005

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

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    Sat Nov 12 2005

    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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    Thu Nov 10 2005

    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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    Sun Oct 30 2005

    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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    Fri Oct 14 2005

    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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    Sun Oct 09 2005

    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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    Sat Apr 30 2005

    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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    Fri Apr 29 2005

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

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    Mon Apr 04 2005

    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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    Sat Mar 19 2005

    The original masterwork of fantasy. Amazing reading!

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    Fri Dec 24 2004

    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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    Mon Dec 20 2004

    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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    Sun Dec 19 2004

    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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    Mon Sep 13 2004

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

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    Mon Aug 02 2004

    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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    Thu Jun 03 2004

    Tolkien is FANTASTIC.

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    Sun May 30 2004

    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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    Sat May 08 2004

    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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    Thu Apr 22 2004

    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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    Fri Feb 13 2004

    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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    Fri Jan 09 2004

    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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    Wed Dec 31 2003

    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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    Thu Nov 20 2003

    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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    Mon Aug 04 2003

    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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    Sat May 31 2003

    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 ... Read more

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    Mon May 26 2003

    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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    Sun May 25 2003

    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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    Mon Apr 28 2003

    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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    Mon Mar 24 2003

    best author of all times

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    Sun Mar 02 2003

    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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    Fri Feb 14 2003

    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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    Tue Feb 11 2003

    Peerless poet.

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    Sat Jan 25 2003

    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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    Mon Jan 20 2003

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

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    Mon Oct 28 2002

    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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    Mon Aug 26 2002

    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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    Wed Jul 24 2002

    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.