4 Epic Fantasy Novels Written Before The Lord of the Rings

By Matt Staggs

J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (first volume, 1954) may have codified many of the tropes of fantasy literature — noble elves, doughty dwarves, magic swords, and long-bearded wizards — but the genre’s roots stretch many years back.

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century in particular saw a boom in fantastical fiction. In between the gothic literature of writers like Bram Stoker and the pulp fiction of Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith, came a wave of strange literature inspired by fairy tales, dreams, and fantastic imaginations.

This list looks at some of these lesser known works of the early modern fantasy canon. Note: many of these can be found as public domain ebooks, but if you’re a stickler for print — I prefer it for classic works, myself — then you can click the titles for that option.

Read the full article at UnboundWorlds.com.

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