I, like many others, first read the Tolkien masterpieces when I was young. I was (and still am) fascinated in Tolkien's ability to actually make you see
through the use of words. What visions he created! As I have grown older and read many other authors, I realize how truly unique his genius is. Even in these days of glib speak and slang, his use of the Old English does not confuse or dim these pictures he paints with his words. One could do far worse than to take his glorious stories as inspiration for artistic endeavors. The world he created is far too vivid, both the good and the bad, and it has led me to take up my art again at long last, for I am compelled to translate (in my own way) his words into vision.
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