J. R. R. Tolkien Quote
The unpayable debt that I owe to him was not "influence" as it is ordinarily understood, but sheer encouragement. He was for long my only audience. Only from him did I ever get the idea that my "stuff" could be more than a private hobby. But for his interest and unceasing eagerness for more I should never have brought The L. of the R. to a conclusion.
Letter to Dick Plotz, 'Thain' of the Tolkien Society of America, 12 September 1965