Many people have repeatedly questioned my fascination and apparent obsession over Tolkien’s works.
And I have repeatedly put off their questions, fully aware that people will not understand it unless they themselves take a leap of faith and immerse themselves in the Legends of Middle Earth.
At this moment, I feel at liberty to explain to you precisely why I am so fascinated with Tolkien’s works, and why I consider him to be the pioneer of the Fantasy genre, not without asserting his dominance in the field of storyteller and well earned reputation as the best fantasy writer of all times.
Tolkien’s work is a creation of genius. One can hardly imagine how he must have connected everything in so subtle a tale that makes me feel that such times actually existed! Never before the publication of his works did a well written saga exist that was entirely and completely a work of pure imagination. One can always remark at his creative wizardry from the fact that he invented an entirely new language! The multitude of fantastical creatures that play their part in the entire web of events, the extraordinary skill with which Tolkien connected the events that took place thousands of years apart and the epic quality of narration highlights the vast imagination that cropped up as Tolkien went along rewriting his works, over and over again, until everything seemed to make sense.
I must have read the books more than 3 times yet and I always discover something new, something that went amiss the last time I read them. The more you delve into Tolkien’s world, the more you discover and the more you wonder at his brilliance.
Some would consider Rowling’s Harry Potter series to compete against Tolkien’s mythic grandeur. But I disagree and hold that Tolkien is in a different league of his own.
Why do I say this?
Tolkien’s works are a product of pure imagination. Everything that he wrote, he imagined it and wrote it in the form of a narrative. From the Silmarillion to the Return of the King, everything has been explained in such detail that it is nothing short of a masterpiece. How did Middle Earth come into existence? Where did Elves, Dwarves and other mythical creatures come from? How did evil take shape? Why was it that a hobbit and not an elf overthrew the evil of Sauron? This, and all their histories was clearly explained by J.R.R. Tolkien and his son and literary heir, Christopher Tolkien.
I agree to the fact that Harry Potter has been more successful than Lord of The Rings in the market and has become nothing short of a phenomenon. Rowling, very skilfully, managed to link many events separated by many years and has definitely established herself as the best modern fantasy writer. Her work was set in the modern times, and since it very well included children, it targeted a much wider audience. Tolkien’s style of writing and the fact that everything that he wrote was imagination is what sets him apart from every single fantasy writer that came after him.
Consider this as well: The rich diversity of names of characters in his works.
When I try to write a story inked with pure imagination, I find it a serious strain coming up with imaginative names. And every time I find myself in such a situation, I remark at Tolkien’s creative genius: How cool do names like Eriador, Gondor, Aragorn, Gandalf, Theoden, Frodo and the countless others sound! Has there been an author as accomplished as him in this sphere? I presume not.
At this point, I would do injustice if I failed to mention Peter Jackson and his contribution to Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I salute him as a director, for the epic work that he has produced and for providing us with undisputed visual insight into Tolkien’s realm. His work entirely changed the way one reads and interprets the Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. All of the music composed by various artists like Howard Shore and Neil Finn was revolutionary and did unbiased justice to the five movies produced so far.
Every time I watch the movies or read the books, I am transported to an entirely different world, which seems much more fair and desired. Admittedly, I would prefer the life of a Hobbit: For ‘their hearts lie in peace and well tilled earth’. Even the thought of facing a hideous orc feels exciting!
You, dear reader, would probably be clueless about my raving if you have never experienced Tolkien’s magic. Nevertheless, I urge you in good faith, to read the books or in the least watch the remarkable movies that have quite frankly given the books a new line of perception.
I vow to thee, thou will not be disappointed!