@diego_biosteam I think it is fascinating to see the different perspectives on the subject, though I don’t know how much Tolkien’s idea is the same are Sandak’s or others. Tolkien seems to be of the mind that his subject matter is definitely not directed at children, but he definitely wrote the characters and the designed the world for children. Tolkien’s work is supoose to be a Roman Catholic apologetic against humanism, but obviously that is lost in the setting, and the fandom that has grown out of it, so I get where he is coming from. Sandak is much more of a grumpy artist who tends to hate his work being picked apart, and much of his discourse on the subject of his work tends to push away from it being identified as one thing.
I tend to take G.K Chestertons perspective on writing for children, which is that children are the best group to write for, because they see the world without bias. They see the world as entirely new and everything in it as extraordinary. Things that adults tend to pass up they appreciate. If you think about it, the only reason we talk is to exchange knowledge, which is why two adults don’t tell each other about stop signs, or point out that there are clouds in the sky, but for children, since everything is new, all forms of conversation are vital, and they appreciate the things we walk by every day.
“It is one thing to describe an interview with a gorgon or a griffin, a creature who does not exist. It is another thing to discover that the rhinoceros does exist and then take pleasure in the fact that he looks as if he didn't.” G.K Chesterton