At this present moment at the beginning of the 21st Century, the realm of fantasy and its influences is visible in every form of the media, from computer games to literature to television, and has quickly become one of the most popular genre’s in modern day literature. However, sixty years ago fantasy didn’t even exist and it wasn’t until the latter part of the 20th Century that it became remotely popular. This weekend, the Hall of Fire crew are discussing whether J.R.R Tolkien was the father of Modern Fantasy.

It wasn’t until the first installment of Lord of the Rings was published in 1954 that the world at large was introduced to fantastical creatures such as orcs and elves. Today, these creatures are staples of modern fantasy culture. Tolkien, through his magical adventure through the world of Middle-Earth, inspired people to think differently about the world in which they lived and how stories could be written.

But did Tolkien inspire a generation of fantasy writers? Can he be attributed to the popularity of Dungeons and Dragons and to the level of respect the genre he pioneered now has? Just as Tolkien was inspired by Anglo Saxon and Norse literature, from Beowulf to The Poetic Edda, Tolkien’s influence can be seen in currents works, such as Terry Pratchett’s fantastic Discworld series. We hope you join us for this fantastic debate this weekend as we explore an excellent topic.

Thanks to jincey for this weeks topic!

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