from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Tolkien, J(ohn) R(onald) R(euel) 1892-1973. British philologist and writer of the fantasies The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955).

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  • proper n. A surname.

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  • n. British philologist and writer of fantasies (born in South Africa) (1892-1973)


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  • Lovecraft himself wrote only 13 such stories, from 1921 to 1936, but his paratextual references—notably the famous "Necronomicon," the memoir of an Arab sorcerer—created such a powerfully imagined "Secondary World" a term Tolkien popularized that they generated more than 100 successors.

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  • The nature of the battle between good and evil in Tolkien is that good cannot triumph over evil, not ever.

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  • Tolkien estate censors badge that contains the word Tolkien ...

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  • Simon Tolkien is the grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings.

    Simon Tolkien biography

  • So if Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy for his crazy ambitious creation of Middle Earth thru language, I would say GRRM is the Great Uncle of modern fantasy because of unearthly (or perhaps mid earthly) character count.

    Klaatu Barada Nicto...

  • Over on Tor. com, papersky said of this series, One of the ways in which fantasy generally tends to follow Tolkien is in the belief that magic is inherently superior to a cotton gin.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • Tolkien is a barrister, so he knows whereof he writes.

    Angola calling : Bev Vincent

  • Tolkien is the grandson of the author of Lord of the Rings, but he is writing crime novels in the PD James vein.

    Angola calling : Bev Vincent

  • In Eragon the hero's on the side of dragons; in Tolkien, the dragons are always antagonistic.


  • Also, The Battle of Evermore may be Tolkien-inspired (Ringwraiths, the Dark Lord) but the majority of the lyrics are about events never in Tolkien and certainly not at Pelennor.

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