So, I've written what I think will be classified as high fantasy. Unfortunately, I keep getting accursed of copying Tolkien. My story does not contain hobbits, orcs, dragons, or even lust for gold (or gold at all for that matter.) The basic story synopsis is: Klara, a whore desperate to escape her old life and occupation hires on as a cook for a company of dwarfs making a return journey to their homeland in the Black Forest. The heroine was orphaned at an early age, therefore her linage is unknown to her, but known to a pair of wizards who have been sent by the Goddess Kybele to protect her, as she carries the Goddesses own divine blood in her veins. As the company travels across Europe they are perused by the god Yhwe. Yhwe was disembodied by the council of gods for perpetuating evil against the mortal races and can only be reunited with his body from beyond the veil. The god now seeks Klara intending to marry her to his own half mortal son owning to a prophesy that Klara's daughter will be able to walk between the words of mortals and the Divine, and as such would have the ability to retrieve his body. Klara, headstrong and determined, spurns the idea of marrying any of the divine or their offspring, or producing an heir at all. This hastens their flight across the continent, in hopes of evading the God. Along the way she falls in love with and marries one of the dwarfs in the company that hired her as cook. Installed as a Priestess owning to her part divine status she overturns her lovers banishment and restores the line of Kings for the Dwarfish people. The unintended consequence of her union with the dwarf king results in a daughter who is kidnapped by followers of the God Yhwe. In the final battle Klara kills the god and rescues her daughter. In addition to the traditional high fantasy elements of a quest and battle between good and evil the story makes use of the classic Celtic mythological form of a love triangle and introduces such modern theme as acceptance of inter-racial marriage and women's reproductive rights. Aside from the fact that I have dwarfs and a couple wizards, I'm not seeing any Tolkien'ish elements. But my critique group insist I'm copying Tolkien and the bit I put in the workshop here was said to have represented Tolkien as well. I often feel like shouting, "I'm not copying Tolkien; did you even read the story!" Is this simply a curse on all who write high fantasy?