Monday, August 13, 2018

The Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge

Thanks to the always in-the-know Keith West of Adventure Fantastic, I was hipped to The Barbarian Book Club's Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge. Always on the lookout for something to write about here (plus I think it's a great idea for folks to read pre-Tolkien fantasy), I'm all in. Here's the challenge:

Pre-Tolkien Short Story Challenge 
  • Identify 3 Fantasy stories written before Lord of the Rings was published. 
  • Review all three on your blog, focusing on pre-Tolkien differences of similarities, and making sure you let us know where we can find them for ourselves. 
  • Share the challenge.
What'll I read? I don't know yet, but it'll definitely be stories I haven't read before. 


  1. Tempting. It is certainly web log fodder. Maybe I can add a handicap limiting myself to only what is already on my shelves.

  2. Thanks, but I'm hardly always in the know. :)

  3. Working on a response. Nice challenge. I've never really tackled this one from a Tolkienian angle. Should be fun.

    G. W. Thomas