I was doodling pictures of how younger Dwalin might have looked, and I grew surprisingly fond of the idea of him being a total dick as a kid before growing up a bit and becoming the best bro to ever exist. Because weren’t we all just douchebags when we were like 5-8? I know I was.
Also I like going with the books with their ages, wasn’t Thorin almost 30 when Dwalin was born? (Let’s not talk about Dwalin being only 27 during the battle of Azanulbizar though, The mohawk cracks me up too much to care)
Reason Number One: He wrote strong female characters into his work before women really had a voice and his women are still stronger than many women writers invent today.
Reason Number Two: Tolkien was an amazing linguist and inventor. Many of his languages stem from others (Quenya was modeled after Finnish) but they are all original and provide such a rich depth to his work.
Reason Number Three: Tolkien invented an entire mythology and provided a rich history for all of his worlds. No one had ever written an entire invented mythology just for books before and his mythology was indeed very detailed.
Reason Number Four: Tolkien drew and designed maps. Maps are awesome. I love all of the visual imagery shown in these maps and how detailed everything is that Tolkien thought up.
Reason Number Five: Tolkien did not use the common, perfect heroes. Instead, he used ordinary, unlikely people to accomplish heroic feats. Everyone had to work together to save the world; Elves, Dwarves, and Men had to get along. But, it was all because of the brave Hobbits that the quest succeeded. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
There are many other reasons why I love Tolkien’s works so much, but these are my top five!!!