This one was inevitable! Tolkien expanded the potential of Epic Fantasy, in which I had dabbled but had never discovered such a broad vision as he presented. I would say that my love of Tolkien’s works involve only certain things, though. The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion are the obvious ones. but I am also fond of The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Leaf by Niggle (part of Tree and Leaf) and Roverandom.
I confess that I am not a fan of the multitude of books being churned out by Tolkien’s son, Christopher, nor can I approve of the movies! Tolkien himself may have rewritten and rearranged his tales constantly, but the way that the same has been done to produce the movies has made them unrecognisable in places and sheerly wrong in others! And yes, I know that there will be howls of disagreement and outrage at how I feel. I’m simply being totally honest.
Tolkien was an inspiration to me, and still has some influence.