I've been reading up on Tolien's writing of the Middle Earth books, and I have a serious question for all Tolkien fans: did he make up a lot of this as he was going along?
I read, for example that when he wrote that the hobbits met Strider he had no idea who Strider was. Similarly, I've reread the Hobbit and it really seems that Tolkien didnt intend for the ring to be anything other than a magical ring that allowed Bilbo to be invisible at opportune times.
Some have defended the insertion of extra material in the movies by saying that Tolkien started Yhe Silmarillion long before the Hobbit. but I suspect that the Silmarillion he started.in 1915 bore little resemblance to the finished book.
What do you think?