Asks “to what degree does Tolkien consistently use introductory verbs and modifiers to develop his characters?” Discovered Tolkien was quite consistent in use of both semantically significant (“marked”) and “unmarked” verbs and modifiers to delineate character.
Hyde, Paul Nolan
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Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 13
, Article 6.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol13/iss3/6