The work of J.R.R. Tolkien has had a profound effect on contemporary fiction and filmmaking. Often disparaged by critics, Tolkiens fiction created a market for the fantasy trilogy and his academic work represents an innovative contribution to the field of philology. In the 20th century, his fiction bridged the gap between learned and popular readerships. Today the fantasy genre continues to groweven as publishers cut back on creative fictionmoving energetically into film, gaming and online fan fiction. This book describes how Tolkiens imaginative landscape continues to entertain and inspire, drawing new generations to Middle-earth.