This assignment examines the language of Tolkien by looking at detail, diction, imagery, syntax and figurative language. Included are definitions and examples of the terms you will discuss with students. This passage analysis is of the opening page of the novel as well as one of Tolkien’s “songs” from the book and the accompanying text from those two pages. A blank copy of the text is included for student use as well as a detailed analysis of all three pages for the teacher to help students find the elements of the writer’s voice. Poetic conventions are discussed such as alliteration, end and internal rhyme, and imagery. This assignment is an excellent way to introduce the elements of style in this popular text and help students recognize the mastery of Tolkien as a writer of both prose and poetry.