I’ve been reading Tolkien for the past 20 years. This time around, I listened to the unabridged audio by Rob Inglis.
Tolkien had such a fascinating mind. He broke so many rules of today’s publishing world, and yet, I still love his work and the worlds he created. I guess that means there will never be another like him, as any modern day Tolkien would be edited into something else, entirely. I can’t decide how I feel about that, because some part of me does love the ways publishing and editing have changed over the years to keep up with modern times, interests, language, and readers. I guess this is partly how classics occur in the fist place…they mark a style and period in writing/editing history that can never be revisited, which may be both part blessing and part curse.
Regardless, I will always love Tolkien. His stories have a place in my heart and my memories. They always made it seem like it was okay to lose myself inside the worlds in my head, even when other people were frustrated by my daydreaming. He made it clear that there is no point at which someone can slip too far away into their imagination, and in fact, his ability to dwell in Middle-earth, for so many years, is what has made him so beloved.