Re: Nobels: Tolkien's prose doesn't measure up
Ivo Andric won the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature.
On the goodreads website his book The Bridge of the Drina was reviewed by 1,506 people, giving it an average rating of 4.18 (47% of them rating it with 5 stars).
By comparison the Lord of the Rings was reviewed by 110,733 people, giving it an average rating of 4.38 (58% of them rating it as 5 star).
Not very scientific but then neither are the views of a few academics.