The most of us read or play fantasy. Whether if it is in an online ANSI game or in today’s literature or even in AD&D private games: Tolkien effects our lives extremely, and most of the people not aware it and take it obviously!
The classic explanation to what I am trying to say is that Tolkien wrote `Dwarves’ instead of the correct form `dwarfs’ to separate the Dwarf race from the stupid fairy tales of our world. Today, people use the `dwarves’ form in many cases instead of ‘dwarfs’.
All the AD&D and role playing game designers were extremely effected from Tolkien’s masterpieces. As you know, the races in Baldur’s Gate based on Tolkien unique races such as: Elves, Dwarves, Halflings and orcs (witch is the most pure invention of Tolkien).
A little about me: it’s my first article on Tolkien On-Line, my first article about Tolkien, and my first article in English (English is only my second language) so please don’t be critical;-)