Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) or his writings, of which the best known are the fantasy epics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Etymologies

Tolkien +‎ -ian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Why, he asks, are Tolkienian elf-creatures in T'Rain called "K'Shetriae"?

    The Most Dangerous Game

  • He does have millions of fans, though, and I've been told the beginning of Wheel of Time is very obviously Tolkienian.

    MIND MELD: New SF/F Recommendations for the Golden Age Reader

  • The book I'd really like to reread is John Crowley's Little, Big, one of the novels that opened my eyes to the possibilities of non-Tolkienian fantasy and still one of the finest examples of it I know, not to mention a beautiful, lyrical, heartbreaking novel.

    MIND MELD: Speculative Fiction Books Worth Reading Twice

  • If I leave Tolkien off this list (and I'm going to), it's only because every imaginary-world fantasist has to be assumed to be under Tolkien's influence -- whether they liked him or not (e.g. "No Tolkienian elves in my world!").

    MIND MELD: Which Authors and Books Have Most Influenced Your Writing?

  • Though all epic fantasy exists in a Tolkienian universe, most entries are able to influence one another on lines of readerly gravity--enjoyment of the Prydain Chronicles leads one to notice Le Guin's Earthsea stories.

    Robert Jordan, Wheel of Time 8: The Path of Daggers (1998)

  • Now I am not a Tolkienist, a Tolkienian, a Tolkienologist, a Tolkienosopher, a Tolkienographer, or a Tolkienician, but I have at least read the book; and in my considered opinion, we have been told a whopper.

    The Abyss and the Critics

  • My thesis also concludes that S&S as a distinct style of writing evaporates in the 1970s largely because of Dungeons & Dragons wielding the Howardian branch to the Tolkienian branch.

    The Blade Books

  • It's telling, I think, that the first "King of the English" (self-styled, of course, and was there even such a thing in that time?) would expend his art (to borrow the Tolkienian phrase from Monsters and the Critics) on making clear the social hierarchies of men, and their proper relation.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Based on what you say above, I can't imagine you getting all that far with either of Mark's recommendations -- both of which are secondary-world fantasies, and Rothfuss in particular is in the classic Tolkienian tradition.

    Recommend a fantasy novel to someone who doesn't like fantasy.

  • Then I shall settle down to a feast of Sherwood Smith, with fine Tolkienian scholarship for afters.

    August 3rd, 2006

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