My older brother who's taste in reading is eclectic to say the least from the rawness of Donald Goines to tales of
Easy Rawlins and the sinister cool Mouse, let me read his
copies of the Lord of the Ring and Fritz Leiber's rogue
swordsmen Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser when I was sick.
After that I wanted more. From high minded epics to short stories about tough dinged up heroes and heroines
using their wits as well as their swords.