Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge Roundup: Part I


The Pre-Tolkien Challenge got started two days ago and there’s already been a great response. Some great conversation across blogs and on twitter. Exactly what I was looking for. Creating an interlinked community of like-minded people sharing our love for classic fantasy and discussing what made the old works fantastic and how to apply it to new fiction, is exactly what our community needs. Keep the posts coming and keep the discussion floating.

The Challenge

Completed Challenge:

Things I Like

Paul Lucas

Jeffro Johnson

Jon Mollison: Algernon Blackwood

Adventures Fantastic: William Morris 

Eldritch Paths: Clark Ashton Smith

Participants Taking up the Sword:

Adventures Fantastic

Jon Mollison

Woelf Dietrich

Fletcher A. Vredenburgh

Jeffro goes hard and opens up some great discussion on Tolkien being a man of his time, and comparing him to the more authentic and pure writing of Lord Dunsany. You’re going to have to follow the Twitter for that conversation if you are interested.

Keep them coming, and share this post and the challenge so we can get a lot of reviews. Let me know if I missed anyone and when you do complete your reviews tag me so I can compile.


5 thoughts on “Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge Roundup: Part I

  1. I’m planning to participate, although it will probably be the end of September before I get three stories read and reviewed. Jeffro convinced me to pick up a short Dunsany novel, so it will probably be Dunsany, REH (Solomon Kane), and C.L. Moore.

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