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5-30-2011 @ 9:39PM
@Jaba... While it is true that very few things are totally original, you can pinpoint certain times, people, and works that mark turning points or shifts in whatever you are talking about. For example, in philosophy, Socrates marks a clear turning point. In music, most people credit Elvis with being a catalyst of change. And in thr fantasy genre, it is most often attributed to Tolkien for having the most significant influence on modern work.Obviously, the examples above are just that: examples. There are plenty of those examples in any subject. Einstein, da Vinci, Shakespeare. Basically, the people whose work marks that time between "before" and "after". And I certainly think that Tolkien is one of those people. And, in my opinion, he is the last one we've seen in the fantasy genre.
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