's writeup doesn't mention that the Book of Lost Tales is a bad book. To be more precise, it is written in the overblown style of Victorian fantasy
, with lots of florid verbiage
and plenty of "thees" and "thous." It's interesting if you're interested in examining the development of Tolkien
's thought, since it shows a first draft of Middle-Earth
. However, as a work to read for itself it's a complete washout. It embodies all of the wrong ideas about fantasy that Tolkien abandoned in his later classics.