Now Lord of the Rings is such a basis for so many tropes, elements, and now-cliches in more or less half of the genre that we cover here, or perhaps ALL OF THE GENRES we cover here, depending on what you or your average literature major judge, that even though I had not read the books before I saw the movie, I knew how the movie(s) was/were going to go. Almost none of these movies spoil me because I am genre-savvy. Therefore I am genre-savvy enough to anticipate events with the foundation-story.
Naturally role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons have Tolkien to thank for their lore, their content.
DM of the Rings, DM standing for Dungeon Master, operated under the premise that the foundation for much of our fan-favorite fantasy fiction did not exist, albeit with something else to inspire the stuff, and the specifics first appeared as a roleplaying game.
I read much of this….. I don’t remember where I was… I think a local all-night coffeehouse in East Lansing, way way back in the day. I remember rainy nights. I loved those. Bad internet. Barely enough plugs and outlets for a college town with one wifi-enabled coffee shop.