“Of course, you don’t suppose, do you, that you wrote all that book yourself?”
I love this essay from Trudy G. Shaw in which she speaks of J. R. R. Tolkien’s continued sense he was not writing The Lord of the Rings, as much as he was discovering it along the way. He thought he knew what would happen, but sometimes his original ideas are wildly different from what he discovered was the truth. He becomes aware he did not write this all by himself, as one early reader of the tale observed in the quote above from The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. The Professor received inspiration to do so, and because he was willing to be an instrument of the Writer of the Story, the story has touched readers for generations in profound ways. Eglerio!