I've just joined and wanted to say hi to everybody here.
Reading your posts I saw that someone mentioned that Tolkien copied, stole or something... sorry, bad memory... some words or prompts from older tales for his. Well, personally I think he did not. You have to remember that he was a philologist... and the Old English language was actually one of his subjects of study. So he used all the devices he had at hand... Also he contributed a lot to the enhancement of the English language. Any of you who happened to have access to the OED will find out that many of the words he used in LOTR became part of the language thanks to him... also he was one of the chief collaborators for the first edition.