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Terry Pratchett’s favourite fantasy author is Tolkien

Sir Terry Pratchett, known to readers the world over with his best-selling Discworld series, has told The New York Times that his favourite fantasy author is J.R.R. Tolkien.

In the interview, Pratchett is asked “Who are your favorite fantasy novelists?” to which he responds:

O.K., I give in. J. R. R. Tolkien. I wrote a letter to him once and got a very nice reply. Just think how busy he would have been, and yet he took the time out to write to a fan.

You can read the full interview at The New York Times.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner

Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.


  • Dee Ville

    I love old John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, i am glad that i am also in good company with Sir Terry Pratchett! Both are masters in their fields of fantasy fiction…

  • I am a bit suspicious about that answer, what with Pterry protesting for decades this wasn’t the case 😉 …

    • Aeglos

      “I give in” rather suggests he was in denial :p Terry Pratchett certainly kept up the tradition for making young fans feel special when I took my then little cousins to a book signing years ago. Even though we were in the middle of a very long queue and his allotted time was nearly up, he took the time to talk to them. They are both still devoted fans..

  • Ilich Pimentel

    Where can i find the letters between Tolkien and Pratchett? Please, share the link with us, if you have it. Regards.

  • Trevor Reynolds

    Marcel: I had the privilege of chatting to Terry (as he was then) while waiting for the pub to open after the Tolkien Society Seminar in 1991. It was clear that he enjoyed Tolkien’s work. Listening to him talk at conventions in later years, nothing I remember him saying contradicted that.
    Ilich: I don’t believe that TP’s letter to JRRT or JRRT’s reply have ever been published (indeed they may no longer exist)