27991994 submission Submission JRR Tolkien denied Nobel due to low quality prose Submitted by Morty on Monday January 09, 2012 @01:14AM Morty writes: In 1961, C.S. Lewis nominated JRR Tolkien for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tolkien did not receive the prize. 50 years later, the archives for that year are now available, so we know why. Tolkien's prose was viewed as low quality.