J.R.R. Tolkien: Pioneer of Worldbuilding


  • Ms. Rainysha Rawal
  • Dr. Aparna Banik




Worldbuilding, Fantasy, Hobbits, Languages, Secondary World, Sub-Creator


This paper explains after analysing critical aspects why J. R. R. Tolkien’s efforts are the mere reason for generating huge interests among authors in Fantasy. Among the most prominent novels of 20th century, for considering excellence in any fantasy literature his works stood as a benchmark.

It also highlights about World Building. The greatest contribution belongs to Fantasy Literature is making of new worlds, providing new definition to fantasy and his esteem for different languages made him to use the Language as a constant to create the world from scratch. Tolkien may consider the creator of his own world – Middle-earth which acts as a Universe, it took around 60 years in the creation, has a deep meaning in everything which one can ever expect. He is a prolific artist and his created universe of own geography and history, flora and fauna, languages and cultures, physics and magic proved fine artist constructing the worlds.


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Author Biographies

Ms. Rainysha Rawal


Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Dr. Aparna Banik

Associate Professor

Head Department of English

Shri Cloth Market Girls School

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India


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How to Cite

Rawal, M. R. ., & Banik, D. A. . (2021). J.R.R. Tolkien: Pioneer of Worldbuilding. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(9), 134–141. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i9.11176