Why Tolkien’s books are so popular Among the Students (16.07.15 by Prakash Chandani) - Comments

It is an indisputable fact that despite the today’s increase in the children’s books with urban fantasies, the Tolkien’s fantasy books still hold the number one position in children’s reading lists. Tolkien’s books have gained popularity amongst millions of American children, especially those in high school. This is why we had to find out the main reasons behind this unusual yet impressive trend. Some of the most popular writings of Tolkien are The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and The Lord Of The Rings.
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If you are a newbie in Tolkien’s collection of books, we give you a glimpse of what constitutes Tolkien’s work that often leave students enthralled. From there, we bet you will understand why this author stands out as the best in the children’s fantasy world. Let’s now go through the three popular books mentioned above to unravel the secrets used to capture the entire attention of students.

The Hobbit

This is one of the most successful pieces of work in Tolkien’s collection having sold more than 100 million copies and translated into close to sixty languages across the world. But what is it that has made this book to remain successful for many decades? Is it the poetry used, the character’s demeanor, or the imagery employed? The main character Bilbo Baggins, just a little child but, he assumes a role than no other child would like to be associated with. He displays a rare sense of moral courage that not one can. He teases a giant man-eating creature without fear and even accepts to be sent into a deep tunnel with pitch darkness where he hears the snores of the dreaded dragon. This symbolizes extraordinary courage that Tolkien presents to his readers and requires them to be part of it. The storyline of Hobbit is so easy to follow and equally charming. The language used is so simple that even the dumbest of all can still connect the dots and be on the course of the flow. The use of vivid pictures throughout the novel leaves a lasting impression in the minds of the readers. Tolkien creates an imaginary world that no one has ever been to, a place characterized by wonder, fascination, and magic.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion

One thing that distinctively distinguishes Tolkien and other fantasy authors is the ability to create a realistic mythical world out of fantasy and then forcefully drag the attention of the readers to be part of that incredible world. The Silmarillion is a book written out of mythology where Tolkien has created other races and animals that demonstrate a unique degree of coexistence, which leaves the reader to yearn for that kind of life. The tale is entirely on the concept of Middle-earth and all the activities that goes on in such a world.
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings

Originally, this book was not intended to become a children’s book, but rather a reflection of the personal life of Tolkien. However, as time has passed the book has been reproduced over and over until it emerged as a resounding children-fiction book. As one accomplishes the first quarter of the book, the tone of Tolkien starts portraying into a melancholic being who does not find it easy to separate good from bad. The narration captures the attention of the reader as Tolkien slowly glides the reader from the real world into a mythical universe that anyone can ever dream of. For children, the book leaves them attracted to the incredible world he lives and the imagination of the life in there. In conclusion, Tolkien’s writings are still largely relevant today in eliciting imaginations of most children who love fantasy stories.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

About Prakash Chandani

Prakash Chandani is an Educator, Blogger and translator. He is an avid reader has reviewed several books. He is senior marketing director at HKSL.

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