Full record for Tolkienesque adj.

Definition characteristic of or resembling J.R.R. Tolkien or his writings
OED requirements antedating 1967
Earliest cite the New York Times
Comment Bill Mullins submitted a 1967 cite from an ad for the Gormenghast Trilogy in the New York Times.

Earliest cite in the OED: 1970.

Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for Tolkienesque adj.

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1967 N.Y. Times 8 Oct. (Book Review section) 8 (Advt.) A vast, Tolkienesque adventure—haunting, hypnotic, totally absorbing—about a gigantic castle named Gormenghast and the memorable people who live inside and outside its timeless walls.
1982 D. Hartwell The Golden Age of Science Fiction is Twelve in Top of News (1982, issue number unknown) 14 This is a quick rundown of the main possibilities an omnivore might fix on: classic fantasy (ghost stories, legends, tales); supernatural horror (two categories: classic—from Le Fanu, Blackwood, and Machen to Stephen King and Rosemary's Baby ; and Lovecraftian, the school of H. P. Lovecraft and his followers); Tolkienesque fantasy (in the manner of Lord of the Rings—carefully constructed fantasy worlds as the setting for a heroic quest); heroic fantasy (barely repressed sex fantasy in which a muscular, sword-bearing male beats monsters, magicians, racial inferiors, and effete snobs by brute force, then services every willing woman in sight—and they are all willing); Burroughsian science fantasy (adventure on another planet or thinly rationalized SF setting in which fantasy and anachronism—sword fighting among the stars—are essentials); space opera (the Western in space); hard science fiction (the SF idea is the center of attention, usually involving chemistry or physics or astronomy); soft science fiction (two alternate types: one in which the character is more important than the SF idea; the other focusing on any science other than physics or chemistry).
1993 Sci. Fiction Stud. Nov. 371 The Tolkienesque fairies and dwarves of Wizards (1977).
1996 SFX May 86/2 Unlike the sharp black and whiteness of Tolkienesque's moral system, these figures aren't truly evil either, just corrupt human beings in the tradition of Richard III or Henry VII.
2001 Sci. Fiction Chron. July 24/3 The art is roughly grouped by lost worlds, films, Tolkienesque, fairies, and other categories, but the groupings aren't particularly useful.
2002 TV Zone No. 157 75/3 The Defiant-centred side of things‥suffers from a very slow start—and an excessive fondness for cutesy Tolkienesque names.