My top 5 fantasy books:
The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. Better the LOTR in my opinion; less of the invented languages and silly names.
The Earthsea Trilogy, by Ursula Guin. I know there’s four, but for me the series reached its climax at the end of The Farthest Shore
Conan The Barbarian, by Robert E. Howard. The well-spring of a thousand knock-offs. Only Moore’s comtemporary Jirel of Joiry stories came close.
The Once and Future King, by T. H. White. With layers of meaning, the outermost of which is just a funny and entertaining retelling of the story, by far the best of the King Arthur retellings.
The Witch World series, by Andre Norton. At least as far as The Year of The Unicorn, full of the light-and-clever touch that characterized Ms. Norton’s early work.
The Lankhmar series, by Fritz Leiber. The quitessential modern sword and sorcery novels.
Wait a minute, I hear you cry, that’s six choices!
Yes, well I wanted to continue my ‘top 5’ theme, but that would mean dropping either Norton or Leiber. Sorry, I just couldn’t imagine discarding either of them.