LOTR resonates above other fantasies because its one of the first books to deal with the horrors of war (particularly WWI) - the idea that the things someone has seen or experienced can change a person forever.
Most fantasies are just escapism.
Hahaha; didn't know we had so many lovers of fantasy on here! I am nowhere near as widely read as most of you but was just asking what fantasy (more swords rather than lasers) you would reccommend to someone who has just gone down the rabbit whole (bar LOTR, Hobbit etc. which I have read in my youth).
Don't know how we got into comparing LOTR with ASOIAF? :P