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 Robert Jordan James Oliver Rigney Jr. (1948-2007), better known by his pen name Robert Jordan, was an American author known for writing the epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. He was also known for writing stories about Conan the Barbarian, and for writing other books with different pseudonyms. He died from cardiac more.

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 (1948-2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for writing the comic fantasy book series Discworld.
10 Lloyd Alexander Lloyd Alexander Lloyd Chudley Alexander (1924-2007) was an American author of fantasy novels for children and young adults. His most famous work is the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain (which was later adapted into the 1985 Disney film The Black Cauldron, which has also earned a reputation for being one of more.

The Contenders

11 J.K. Rowling J.K. Rowling
12 L. Frank Baum
13 Michael Moorcock Michael Moorcock Michael John Moorcock is an English author of science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for his series of books centering around the fictional character Elric of Melniboné.
14 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.

This dude ain't an author (nor is he associated with the fantasy genre). - Aragorn98

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

15 Andre Norton
16 Wolfgang Hohlbein
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