To paraphrase Tolkien, the influences are the horror of war etc, not direct parallels. Also, go Tolkien! Him being an old boy of my school and all that. And I've just realised something incredible. TOLKIEN AND FIELD MARSHALL SLIM WERE AT MY SCHOOL AT THE SAME TIME! They were born within 1 year of each other. Both would've been there in the first 7 years or so of the 20th Century.