When Bilbo Baggins finds and steals the magic ring, Gollum cries, “Thief, thief, thief!” Was J.R.R. Tolkien one as well?
Perhaps it’s not entirely fair to use the words of one of his own characters against him. But, as Christopher Snyder’s “The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J.R.R. Tolkien” makes clear, Tolkien cleverly adapted ideas, characters, and themes from myriad source materials.