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Initial post: 29 Jul 2009 10:52:35 BDT
Apart from LOTR and Shannara what other books/writters include the above 'traditional' characters....?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2009 11:13:45 BDT
Well, there's 'Magic Kingdom' books by Terry Brooks,' Narnia' books by C S Lewis if you don't mind childrens books, Terry Pratchett's Discworld,lots of traditional characters in there especially in 'Witches' stories, and 'Lords and Ladies' and my particular favourites 'Blue Moon Rising' and 'Beyond the Blue Moon' by Simon R Green.

Posted on 29 Jul 2009 17:03:13 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
Raymond E Feist's Midkemia books (which is most of them) and all Dragonlance/Forgotten Realms books have the "traditional" Tolkien characters. And more magic that you can shake a stick at...

Posted on 30 Jul 2009 21:22:29 BDT
Has to be Terry Pratchet's Disc World series.

Posted on 30 Jul 2009 21:48:10 BDT
Nichol Williams' fantasy books, S.N.O.T and Ragnorf's Revenge have Ogres, Gnomes, Pixies, Elves etc but all with an unconventional twist. If you like entertaining fantasy books with humour and larger than life characters give 'em a try.

Posted on 30 Jul 2009 22:39:59 BDT
Kags says:
If you want 'epic' traditional then Mickey Zucker Reihert has a series based on Norse mythology started by 'the Last of the Renshai'. Michael Stackpole has a series started by a 'prequel' called the Dark Glory War which has a traditional feel (at least to me!). Elizabeth Moon - Sheepfarmers Daughter starts a series about a paladin fighting evil. For elves there is Elizabeth Bear's series started by Blood & Iron where the elves are very traditonal in the celtic Sidhe way but concentrates on humans/elves, War of the Oaks by Emma Bull is another lighter read in the same way and a good lightish urban elves/human is a series started by Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning. David Gemmell good stock fantasy writer. Not so epic reads go from Michelle Sagara's Cast in Shadow series with mysterious elves and human mages, Lorna Freeman's The Kings Own series with a cast of fey & humans to comic light reads like Lisa Shearin's Magic Lost/Trouble Found. Urban fantasty (e.g set on parallel earth) has loads to offer including elves, pixies, fairies, weres and vamps e.g Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher (dresden files), Patricia Briggs, Charlene Harris etc. There are also a lot of epics that don't have the 'traditional' elves etc but are detailed and inventive e.g Steven Erikson, Michelle West and George R Martin and to a slighly lesser extent Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series.
By the way, I second Blue Moon Rising as an excellent book/series!
Hope this helps and not overwhelming! Sorry, wasn't sure exactly what you were after

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2009 23:03:36 BDT
LEP says:
There's loads of books about magic, depends on the sort of books you want. Go onto Customer Communities above left and then click on what you want e.g. fantasy, magic etc. It will come up with "Tagged" books in that genre. There may be something you like there.

Posted on 31 Jul 2009 15:57:20 BDT
Carrot_mop says:
You may also want to have a look at Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" books. They have all the traditional type of Characters, but are set in this world and hide themselves from Mortals.

Dresden himself (main character) is both a Wizard and a P.I.

Posted on 2 Aug 2009 14:15:18 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
As a refreshing breather from the traditional fantasy epic but with the same cast of species Elves, dwarves, even halflings but most especially Orcs try Mary Gentle's Grunts and then check Villains which is a collection of shorts set on the same world by various authors including Neil Gaimen

Posted on 3 Aug 2009 12:52:02 BDT
Try Aggie Lichen; Pilp Collector by Debra J Edwards - Fantasy, fairies, sprites, dwarves and magic!

Posted on 3 Aug 2009 21:43:47 BDT
G. Peters says:
I've mentioned it on other threads but you cannot beat Raymond E Feist's Magician and the Riftwar and Serpentwar books that follow.

Posted on 11 Jan 2013 23:26:50 GMT
Mr. Ct Paige says:
Try Stephen Erikson's book of the fallen. Isn't elves and dwarfs but is a true epic and amazing none the less

Posted on 12 Jan 2013 01:38:44 GMT
New Plague of Souls series has elves, dwarves and a slightly different kind of magic... Book One Gathering Shadows

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Posted on 13 Jan 2013 20:16:31 GMT
Little Egret says:
Freebie, first of a Baen series.

Oath of Swords (War God) by David Weber

Has elves/dwarfs/magic though the elves only background so far.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 19:39:15 GMT
Convoluted but classic- Katharine Kerr's Deverry books starting with Daggerspell (Deverry) has elves, dwarves, princes, warriors and dragons. Be warned, there are 15 books in the full cycle and the reinicarnation/ flashback scenarios tends to have love it or hate it fans but if you like traditional fantasy with celtic overtones, this is worth trying. (oops have just talked myself into starting to read the whole cycle again!)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 17:23:59 GMT
LEP says:
Try Mercedes Lackey's books.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 09:46:51 GMT
Robert says:
Guy Gavriel Kaye's 'Fionavar Tapestry' trilogy fits the bill. Kaye assisted Christopher Tolkien edit 'The Silmarillion'.

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 15:04:49 GMT
N. Murphy says:
Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
Iron Druid Chronicles - Kevin Hearne

Posted on 5 Feb 2013 14:58:12 GMT
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Nick Brett says:
er, the title may give it away, but "The Dwarves" by Markus Heitz might be the kind of thing you are looking for.....

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 22:53:08 GMT
Discworld (Terry Pratchett) - very satirical and sarcastic, but hilarious. The dwarves in particular are funny.

Chronicles of the Raven / Legends of the Raven / Elves (James Barclay) - Elves are a big part of these series and their beliefs clashing with humans' in a time of crisis can be infuriating - but you can't refute their logic either. Would also point out the bond between the Raven is heartbreakingly sincere.

Noble Dead (Barb Hendee) - Begins with humans then descends into the world of elves. Also includes vampires but the elves are the more intriguing part.

Posted on 11 Feb 2013 11:03:22 GMT
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