I think all fantasy borrow something from Tolkien. I mean . . . Tolkien is the Master he is everybody's teacher. Personally my first attempt at writing was a fan-fic on LotR. And I am borrowing stuff from Tolkien with my orcs ands such. But if we are copying Tolkien we are copying old mythology that are centuries old. Gollum was based on an evil dwarf king from . . . I think . . . German myths. So fantasy writers owe alot to old myths.
"He's got a clever mouth and thinks he's funny." This is my friends description of me but I'm female.
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A fools blade can be sharper than his brain.