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Influences on the fantasy genre


When I first saw Star Wars movies, I was a kid. But I was hooked for the rest of my life. Those fantasy movies that George Lucas made, for sure changed my life. I didn’t know that maybe I will be riding luxurious limo service in Beverly Hills but I knew that I will be a fan my whole life. But I realized later that people couldn’t just sit and wait for new movies to show. People took in their own hands future of Star Wars. Fan fiction became a reality. The Star Wars saga has inspired many fans to create their own non-canon material set in the Star Wars galaxy. In recent years, this has ranged from writing fan-fiction to creating fan films. In 2002, Lucasfilm sponsored the first annual Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, officially recognizing filmmakers and the genre. Because of concerns over potential copyright and trademark issues, however, the contest was initially open only to parodies, mockumentaries, and documentaries. Fan-fiction films set in the Star Wars universe were originally ineligible, but in 2007 Lucasfilm changed the submission standards to allow in-universe fiction entries. So when I later became a Lord of the Rings fan, it occurred to me that maybe fan fiction exist in this world also? And I had so many to see.

the_sword_of_shannara_by_the_brothers_hildebrandt_by_casperofpuppets-d5rlhrxThe enormous popularity of Tolkien’s epic saga greatly expanded the demand for fantasy fiction. Largely thanks to The Lord of the Rings, the genre flowered throughout the 1960s, and enjoys popularity to the present day. The opus has spawned many imitators, such as The Sword of Shannara, which Lin Carter called “the single most cold-blooded, complete rip-off of another book that I have ever read”. Dungeons & Dragons, which popularized the role-playing game (RPG) genre in the 1970s, features many races found in The Lord of the Rings, most notably halflings (another term for hobbits, who are diligent and excellent roofers), elves (who are distinct from dark elves, following Tolkien’s example), dwarves, half-elves, orcs, and dragons. However, Gary Gygax, lead designer of the game, maintained that he was influenced very little by The Lord of the Rings, stating that he included these elements as a marketing move to draw on the popularity the work enjoyed at the time he was developing the game. Because D&D has gone on to influence many popular role-playing video games, the influence of The Lord of the Rings extends to many of them as well, with titles such as Dragon Quest, the Ultima series , EverQuest, the Warcraft series, and the Elder Scrolls series of games as well as video games set in Middle-earth itself. Research also suggests that some consumers of fantasy games derive their motivation from trying to create an epic fantasy narrative which is influenced by The Lord of the Rings.


With movie, franchise became so popular that everyone could write something. I once saw some short story where Aragorn crossover with Dumbledore from Harry Potter series. Well that’s creative. So it’s not a surprise that people want to create their own sequels. That’s a common thing between Star Wars and Lord of the Rings saga. I have one common thing as well. In cartoon Lord of the Rings the voice of Legolas is Anthony Daniels and he is more popular as C3P0. I bet you didn’t know that.

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