Nothing new here for a lot of Odeckers, but it's a nice reminder that not all modern fantasy flows from Lord of the Rings โ€” even Dungeons & Dragons, which people think of as "Tolkienesque," actually partakes from a variety of different writers. And the article also helps to demonstrate that what we think of as unified, codified "genres" can actually be the products of highly diffuse parallel processes taking place in totally different environments โ€” I doubt Tolkien ever perused an issue of Weird Tales, just as I find it hard to think that most people in the American fan community would have known about The Hobbit until LotR came out in paperback in the US. (Uberfan Forry Ackerman was an early adopter of Tolkien, and even tried to finance a movie version โ€” in 1957! โ€” but at the time it would have been seen as an obscure subculture even by the standards of Eisenhower Era SF fandom. And, oh yeah, it would have been terrible.)

And, for a more modern example, I don't imagine that J.K. Rowling read a lot of modern fantasy when she created Harry Potter.