Is GRRM The American Tolkein? People say that a lot, personally I think no. Tolkein wrote to create a mythology for Britain and his work follows normal mythological archetypes of good & evil, right & wrong, black & white. Frodo's journey is a typical heroes journey, not unlike the Odyssey. GRRM has very few black & white characters in his books, rather they're all beautiful shades of gray. In this we we call all more easily relate to his characters because they are more likely to be like us. GRRM may be judged as kindly by history as Tolkein has been. The quality of his writing is definitely on the same level, but otherwise their worlds and their characters are nothing alike.