As a follow-up to my Tolkien post, I want to give props to sword-brother Brian Murphy. Brian's talking about the Argonath of Modern Fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard, over at Black Gate, and he mentions the seminal Tompkins essay. A really excellent, heartfelt overview that chimes with my own thoughts. Good on ya, Brian!
As an aside, be sure to check the comments section, where Scott Taylor makes the... interesting suggestion that Minas Rowling somehow topples Barad-Howard and Tolkiengard in terms of impact on fantasy fiction. Erm, okay.