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Actually, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy is considered by many to be the first modern fantasy novel and the precursor to the high fantasy novels of such writers as Robert Jordan and Stephen Donaldson, who wrote the Wheel of Time and Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series, respectively. Tolkien not only employed the theme of the hero's journey in the entwined stories of both Aragorn and Frodo, both of who are on a mission to save the land and all the people, but he also created several societies, each with its own language, customs and history. Tolkien was a devout Catholic, and his story is also a classic tale of good vs. evil and the loss of innocence, all elements that can be found in high fantasy.
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