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The Top Ten Books That Influenced J.R.R. Tolkien

24 August, 2011 by TS Tate

Here at LitStack, we love the Book Lady. We love, even more, her recent post on the top ten books that may have influenced J.R.R. Tolkien. What do you think, LitStackers? Did the Book Lady get it right?

1. Beowulf by Anonymous

2. The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rücker Eddison

3.  The Prose Edda by (probably) Snorri Sturluson and the Poetic Edda by Anonymous

4.  The Marvelous Land of the Snergs, by A. E. Wyke-Smith

5. The House of the Wolfings and The Roots of the Mountains by William Morris

6.  The Book of Wonder by Lord Dunsany

7.  She by H. Rider Haggard

8.  The Red Fairy Book and The Lilac Fairy Book, Edited by Andrew Lang

9.  A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay

10. The Princess and the Goblin, by George McDonald


  1.' Lisa Emig says:

    Beowulf – absolutely, but also Sir Gawain and the Green knight

  2.' Jaye Viner says:

    My fantasy ancestry must be lacking….I've only even heard of Beowulf. :-( and none of the others.

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