Originally Posted by Manarion
I have to say, I disagree about that. While Tolkein was a decent author-well enough to get published, and good story ideas-he was a little too stuffy and conservative about certain things.
First off, modern authors are more recognizing the fact that female characters can exist below the neck-indeed, that female characters can exist AT ALL.
Second, modern authors tend to paint characters better...I could barely get through LotR due to the fact that there wasn't much in the way of character description, at least, from what I got from it.
Tolkein deserves credit where it's due him, but modern authors tend to do a bit better, I think...especially David Eddings.
Thats not Tolkien fault for living in totally different time and world.
If GRRM and other modern fantasy writers lived in Tolkien's days they would be the same about female characters and other things that seem outdated to modern readers.
Everyone is shaped by the world they live in. You cant judge someone like Tolkien from a modern perspective with things like that.
You can dislike his writing but not blame him for things that he learned from his time.