And Tolkien uses the extensive layering of his setting to provide what’s necessary to follow the main character through not only a path of conflict and resolve, but an established world and history. Almost like everything around Frodo (the world around him) is moving in a more “Eastern” pattern while Frodo himself takes a “Western”‘ journey through that greater world and universe.
That’s a really interesting observation. I think this actually nails the reason that I enjoyed it so much the last time I read it. And probably the reason that people who call it “slow” don’t enjoy it.
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