Not content with just posting my little article on Tolkien's influence on this blog, I also posed the same question on sffworld.
The result was a detailed discussion with plenty of forum-goers giving their opinions on the shadow of Tolkien. Quite a range of opinions were voiced, so it's well worth checking out.
You can find the debate here: http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19379
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