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Stan Carey has another excellent post at Sentence first, about J.R.R. Tolkien?s "deep interest in language"; I urge you to read it and savor Tolkien's anecdote about "a little man... in a dirty wet marquee," a fellow soldier during WWI (which Stan takes from Arika Okrent's wonderful book), but what I will quote here is a bit from a letter from Tolkien to his son Christopher:Nobody believes me when I say that my long book [The Lord of the Rings] is an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal aesthetic might seem real.
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