AskUs: Did J.R.R. Tolkein single-handedly create our modern conception of fantasy creatures like elves and dwarves?

April 21, 2016
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  1. Slartibartfast says:

    One thing that has contributed to the longevity and vibrancy of Tolkien’s creation is the sheer amount of work he put into giving his various races a back story. He invented entire languages for them, right down to etymology (showing where the split between Sindarin, Teleri and Noldorin languages occurred and why), something no writer had done before and only one has done to a significant degree since (Gene Roddenberry credited Tolkien as being his inspiration for his invention of the Klingon language).

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