I've got a curious phrase embedded in my writing brain that I have half a mind to start using in due moderation. I've been reading the audio books of the Lord of the Rings novels once again and whilst I know many of Tolkien's "Old English" writing style is not considered to be strictly "correct", I'm wondering how correct or useful this phrase is. He tends to use it a lot in the novels. Maybe too much, but it does seem to make the following description or action more subjective (by explicitly saying it seemed to [insert person]). (not a quote from the novel, just it's use) An example of where I've used it in my science fiction novel: Should I steer clear of this?