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5905"Where Epic Fantasy Went Bad"

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  • David S. Bratman
    Apr 26, 2002

      sample quote:

      >While certainly far from flawless, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings succeeds
      >admirably in the way it was intended — as an exploration of a
      >fully-realized, wholly unique secondary world. Its true strength resides in
      >the reality of Middle-earth, which Tolkien had crafted with immense devotion
      >and rigorous detail.
      >Epic fantasy, as a genre built from a single trilogy, has failed miserably
      >where its source had won out.

      While far from flawless, this is an interesting essay.

      David Bratman