It's a little verbose, but "badly written shite" definitely ain't what I'd call it. Can we get a hivemind opinion from the board, please? STAT!
Please stick up any paragraph from the books. Go on. It doesn't even have to be a poetry, Bombadil or over-expansive back-story paragraph.
And it'll be crap.
He got there first, basically. That's the reason he's so fucking venerated - he created "fantasy epic", due to being a fucking weirdo. And for some reason this means that everyone overlooks the reams of tedious shite in his books. "oh yes, it's brilliant except for that bit. And that bit. And that bit, oh, and definitely that bit too. But, you know, it's allegorical.". The Silmarillion sealed that analysis in fucking amber, by the way.
The great thing about the films, and why the films are so good, is because they effectively act as the editor he should have bloody well had the first time round.