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I suppose you know who David & Leigh Eddings are. If you don't, just have a look at the About the Authors page.

What is Fantasy?

F antasy is a sort of literature with the same setting, almost all fantasy literature take place in a medieval world with medieval technology. What also is in common is that in all fantasy literature there is some kind of magic. Eddings have their 'will and word' magic in their Belgariad and Malloreon series while Tolkien's magic is based on cryptic spells.
The story in fantasy literature is in almost all cases about a group of heroes who are supposed to save the world from a great peril. In Tolkien's books it is Sauron who is the evil threat while in Eddings' Belgariad and Malloreon series, Torak is the bad guy.
This might, to some people, seem to be quite a simple kind of literature but it's not. Personally I think that Tolkien was the 'master of fantasy' and his books are still among the very best but Eddings are surely some of the best of today's fantasy authors. If you start reading The Hobbit (the prequel to the Lord of the Rings) you'll soon see how well Tolkien portrays his characters and especially the world within they live. It seems so real. I can't describe it entirely using words, you have to read it to understand.
Eddings on the other hand don't write as professionally as Tolkien. I'm sure you think I'm entirely wrong but I have reasons to think so. When analyzing Eddings' language one soon sees that is not as well written and detailed as the language of Tolkien. Although the books in the Elenium and Tamuli series are written more professionally than the ones in the Belgariad and the Malloreon series, Tolkien is still the very best.

Who "invented" the fantasy literature?

T J.R.R. Tolkien he first 'fantasy book' was written by J.R.R.Tolkien (*1892-†1973). It was named 'The Hobbit' and was published in Great Britain in 1937. During the years 1954-1955 the famous ring trilogy 'The Lord of the Rings' was published. The books quickly became bestsellers. The books were very popular during the 60's and 70's and are also among the bestsellers of today.
Tolkien created a new genre - tales that were not written to be read by kids but by adults. Before the genre was named "fantasy" the books were said to be tales for adults.
Tolkien's books are still the best and you can't say you have read real fantasy until you've read them.

David & Leigh Eddings are inspired by Tolkien like lots of other fantasy authors and they're one of the greatest fantasy authors on Earth (or maybe they're the best)!.
Now go on, explore the fantastic magic worlds of David & Leigh Eddings' books.
And....join us into the World of Fantasy...

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