Originally Posted by QuantumIguana
We can't really know in advance what is going to have long-term cultural impact. Lord of the Rings seems to have passed the test of time, it is unlikely to fade away in the forseeable future. It was once derided, and now at some universities it is considered worthy of study.
Mostly 'cos J.R.R. is no longer around to tell them over and over that LotR is *NOT* an allegory for WWII or a commentary on the Industrial Revolution or any of that sort of thing.