I have recently seen on a user forum about people wanting to "de-Tolkien-ize" AD&D. Essentially taking out the Tolkien-esque elements.
I didn't reply to the thread because I really have nothing to add to it in terms of suggesting ways to "de-Tolkien-ize" it. I don't see a need to do that at all.
This is a fantasy roleplay game. Even though people have quoted the creator of the game not being to strong on Tolkien-esque inclusions, he went ahead and added them anyway.
If nothing else, I think the variety and range make the game more fun. To wit... it's a game folks, the point is to have fun first and foremost.
Now, if folks want to eliminate Tolkien-esque characters and influences from their game as a DM, I am all for it. I support them 100%. It's their world, their table, their game. Do as you like.
But to suggest that those elements don't belong in the game books for everyone? No, I can't go with that. Not that they did suggest that. I'm just sayin.
Vive la Game!!