It's a cliffhanger, but the milestones are sound. And there's closure--literally.
But he also wrote each major section as a unified and complete narrative.
Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings as a single book--and it shows. Just look at the strong, well-defined milestones!
Yep. Fractals are the thing.
Yet another fractal. I love fractals.
This is how narrative fractals work. The big story breaks down into fully structured chunks.
The inciting incident seems a little late in the tale, but this is where Bilbo performs his first task as the burglar.
Whatever I can get my hands on.
This one goes back pretty far. The earliest known version dates to around 1000 AD. Unfortunately, the author of that version felt the need to infuse Christian ideology. It's possible the additional lines have screwed with the proportions, but looking at the table below, that seems unlikely. The most notable divurgence from the modern ideal is the use of pinch points to underscore the hero's success.