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Trudy G. Shaw gives a guide in “Hobbits as Cultural Outsiders” as to how to eliminate ‘data dumps’ which can fit any tale you have in mind.
One of the biggest challenges in writing fiction set in a secondary creation is explaining that world to the reader without the instruction being painfully obvious. Beginning writers often use “expositional lumps,” which can lose the reader through either boredom or the confusion caused by so many facts being dumped into the memory at one time
. . .A method that’s often used to better effect is making an outsider, newcomer, or beginner a “stand-in” for the reader. If a character doesn’t know something, it’s perfectly natural for someone more knowledgeable to instruct him. By eavesdropping on the character’s lessons (still not too lengthy, please), the reader picks up what he or she needs to know. As an added benefit, an outsider is more likely to notice aspects of everyday life that an entrenched member of that society would take for granted, and so learn many things without formal lessons.