"Tolkien confessed that 1/3rd of the way through The Fellowship of the Ring some ruffian named Strider confronted the hobbits in an inn, & Tolkien was in despair. He didn’t know who Strider was, where the book was going, or what to write next. Strider turns out to be no lesser person than Aragorn, the unrecognized & uncrowned king of all the forces of good, whose restoration to rule is, along with the destruction of the evil ring, the engine that moves the plot of the whole massive trilogy."
“I hope none of my children will feel that the use of this name is a sentimental fancy… I never called Edith Lúthien but she was the source of the story that in time became the chief part of the Silmarillion. It was first conceived in a woodland glade filled with hemlocks at Roos in Yorkshire…In those days her hair was raven, her skin clear, her eyes brighter than you have ever seen them, and she could sing and dance." J.R.R Tolkien
"I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!" - Aragorn, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kind"