Originally Posted by CraigCWB
It's true they had a lot of influences, but if it hadn't been for Tolkien it's likely D&D would never have existed. Certainly, it wouldn't have taken off the way it did. I'm old enough (barely) to remember how popular Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit was with hippies and various other weirdos in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Lord of the Rings made D&D cool, in a way, or at least understandable, to a lot of people that would have had no clue WTF it was all about, otherwise.