Most Influential Fantasy Authors


The Top Ten

1 J.R.R. Tolkien J.R.R. Tolkien John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973), known by his pen name J. R. R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are the most inspired writers of all time, everyone aspires their creation to live up to the standard of Middle-Earth and Narnia. However Tolkien definitely is the most brilliant author to the fantasy world, he's creation is far beyond anyone. - felixh24

Definitely deserves to be at #1. - cjWriter1997

He is the reason why Jk Rowling and George RR Martin are famous

2 Robert E. Howard
3 T. H. White
4 C. S. Lewis C. S. Lewis Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. more.
5 Robert Jordan

Oh yes, Wheel Of Time series. - Metal_Treasure

6 Terry Brooks
7 Mervyn Peake
8 Poul Anderson
9 Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works.
10 L. Frank Baum

The Contenders

11 Lloyd Alexander
12 J.K. Rowling J.K. Rowling
13 George Lucas George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic.

He's not a fantasy author.

Shouldn't be on the list. He's a film director. Not an author (also he's more influential in sci-fi cinema).

14 Michael Moorcock
15 Andre Norton
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