I love your writing, Maddie and I am a big Tolkein fan. I started reading him in high school long before any of the movies were released.
May I may a suggestion? Break-up your paragraphs into smaller ones and leave more white space. The Medium algorithm likes it and you’ll have a better chance of getting curated, though I feel this article is right up there with some of the Editor’s choice articles I’ve read.
Your writer’s voice is casual, but scholarly as well and very unique.
I look forward to reading more of your writing.