Two great authors
In late 1932 Tolkien had finished that story – taken from his children’s bedtime stories but woven around his invented English mythology. He read it aloud to the Inklings, who this time applauded his effort. He lent the manuscript to several friends, including an Oxford student, who showed it to a friend, who showed it to her boss, Stanley Unwin of the London publishing house Allen & Unwin. He was intrigued and asked his 10-year-old son, Rayner, to review it. Young Rayner loved it. Allen & Unwin published it -- and the rest is history.