Do you have any ideas about what Tolkien means when he talks about certain kinds of stories or aspects of stories as being "high?" I think that gravitas or a wide reach is part of it, but not all of it. The way he talks about it, it seems more like a sort of tone? I just wanted to know if you had something to say about this!
Ok, so: “It should possess the tone and quality that I desired, somewhat cool and
clear, be redolent of our ‘air’ (the clime and soil of the North West,
meaning Britain and the hither parts of Europe: not Italy or the Aegean,
still less the East), and, while possessing (if I could achieve it) the
fair elusive beauty that some call Celtic (though it is rarely found in
genuine ancient Celtic things), it should be ‘high’, purged of the
gross, and fit for the more adult mind of a land long now steeped in