The Tolkien problem. Hobbits and dragons dominate the popular imagination. The result: We've lost sight of actual medieval history?.
End quote of a blurb at http://www.aldaily.com/
This summary of somebody's thesis, on which we base a few thoughts:
That actual medieval history was long gone before Tolkien brandished his pen. Certainly it was long gone when someone coined the word medieval.
That words must obscure, they render the vast squirming and glory of a moment into something manageable by thinkers, speakers, talkers.
That Tolkien probably knew this as well as anyone of his adorable ilk..