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Introduction

In this paper, it is my intention to analyse and compare Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy. It is aimed to show that a major part of Fantasy writing involves plagiarising or borrowing ideas from other authors. Tolkien is considered to be the ‘Father of modern Fantasy writing’, while Tad Williams is thought of as the erudite equivalent of Tolkien in America; for being a language lore master and for his style of writing. I would like to show that many current themes and ideas in the fantasy genre, including Tad Williams’, are either consciously or sub-consciously similar to those of Tolkien.