On his blog writer Jeff VanderMeer asks “What would constitute a comprehensive list of the best heroic fantasy ever?”
In the discussion that follows some awesome works are listed:
J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings; Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber; Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone; Terry Brooks’s The Sword of Shannara; Stephen R Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur; The Epic of Gilgamesh; Beowulf; E.R. Eddison’s The Worm Ouroboros; Lloyd Alexander’s The Prydian Chronicles; Ursula Le Guin’s The Earthsea Trilogy and Jack Vance’s Dying Earth.
And I’m only naming a few that I’ve read. There are many more here that I should take a look at. A few that I haven’t heard of but look interesting include:
Abraham Merritt’s The Moon Pool; William Morris’s The House of the Wolflings and Charles Saunders’s Imaro
Should anyone else read this, feel free to comment with other recommendations.