I was reading The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and I came across a sentence in which I don't fully understand its grammar.
..., and when they rose taller they seemed than mortal men.
I think I understand the meaning, but written in the grammar that I'm used to the sentence would be something like:
..., and when they rose, they seemed taller than mortal men.
I checked here to see if I could find some kind of exception or explanation to this, but I couldn't find anything similar.
Maybe this is not common but...
- is it allowed?
- my copy of the book got this wrong?
- is it an old way of writing?
- did the author take a poetic license?