Top 10 fantasy freaks and gaming geeks
2. J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien's day job was teaching philology (the history of languages) and Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. But his heart was elsewhere: Middle-earth, the setting for his books "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion." His fellow profs mocked him for his tales of elves, magic rings, and evil armies (although colleague C.S. Lewis understood him). By pioneering the creation of a rich, believable world complete with races, back stories, maps, poems, and languages – what he called his "legendarium" – Tolkien revived high fantasy for the 20th century, cementing his position as probably the single most influential fantasy writer ever.