I am sorry if this has been asked before. I tried searching before posting, but could find no thread that matched, specifically, what I was thinking. When I read Tolkein's The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, it has a certain, I don't know how else to say this, 'flavor' to me. This feeling I do not get when reading other popular fantasy novels, like The Wheel of Time, A Song of Ice and Fire, Sword of Truth, etc. The closest I can get to this feeling is reading certain CS Lewis novels, like Prince Caspian, Silver Chair, or the Horse and His Boy. It is, specifically, the parts of the novels relating to Hobbits and the Shire. A whimsical, nostalgic view of rural life. In my minds eye, it is like seeing it through old timey film, with all the charm of the pops, crackles, and black spots, if that makes any sense. It comes closest, to describe, the idea of "Merry England." wikipedia.org/wiki/Merry_England This is the closest I can think of to describe the feeling I get. I know it seems quaint(especially this being a UK forum), but the feeling appeals to me greatly. I mean, I like a lot of the other ideas of the book, like the decline of elder ways, and the rise of new, and how sadness tempers beauty, and makes it greater, but the first idea, this nostalgic(and likely unrealistic) fantasy involving rural life I like the best. Are there any other novels with similar prose? I don't mean straight copies, like the first Shannara books, but books that have a similar feel. Does that make any sense? I hope I didn't do anything wrong by posting here.