1954: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author/Editor: J. R. R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first volume of Tolkien’s epic fantasy saga The Lord of the Rings. It was critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1954 and has since influenced countless fantasy fiction writers and is also directly related to the rise of various role-playing games in the 1960s. Its influence extends to modern video games as well as popular film.