J. R. R. Tolkien Quote
That story was the only thing I have ever done which cost me absolutely no pains at all. Usually I compose only with great difficulty and endless rewriting. I woke up one day (more than 2 years ago) with that odd thing virtually complete in my head. It took only a few hours to get down, and then copy out.
About "Leaf by Niggle", in a letter to Stanley Unwin (18 March 1945)