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Why put the verb before the subject?

The opening sentence to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien reads, In a hole in the ground there lived [verb] a hobbit [subject]. I wonder if there are accepted stylistic purposes for such a structure. ...
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“There already is” or “There is already”

What is the correct word order of the verb to be and already? There is already a price tag. Or: There already is a price tag.