I love your thoughts on Tolkien because I thought the exact same thing!! I thought he wrote beautifully about middle earth and the scenery and it genuinely felt like another character in the book almost?. What I HATED was how slow paced it was and like... I genuinely did the exact same thing with counting the pages. I stopped reading in the supposedly most interesting part of the book (Frodo and Sam going up the mountain) and didn’t regret it. RIP the time I’ll never get back
Oh-oh-oh, Tolkien trash-talk is happening.
(about this post).
To be fair, I usually like slow-paced. I was so young I don’t really remember what exactly didn’t do it for me in the rhythm, but if I had to guess, I’d say my tolerance for slow-pacing is tied to the characters and the society they evolve in—behavioural details, slow character development, delving into thoughts and communication and perceptions. And it’s just not what LoTR is about.