The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it. (“Peter Pan”)
The hobbits are just what I should like to have been but never was – an entirely unmilitary people who always came up to scratch in a clinch.
I draw on the social sciences a great deal. I get a lot of ideas from them, particularly from anthropology. When I create another planet, another world, with a society on it, I try to hint at the complexity of the society I’m creating, instead of just referring to an empire or something like that.
Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.