>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.