Simon Tolkien has long lived in the shadow of his grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien. Reuters reports
that it took Simon Tolkien years before he felt comfortable writing under the Tolkien name and following the footsteps of the author of the Lord of the Rings
series. Simon Tolkien feels more at ease now with the release of his second novel, The Inheritance
Tolkien wrote a novel, which was rejected. He found a publisher for his second effort "Final Witness," published in the United States in 2002.
Now at 51, with the publication of "The Inheritance," he feels he has established himself as an author and is comfortable with his name.
"I feel much more at ease with my grandfather and being the grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien," he said. "Before I was writing I was very uncomfortable with it and when Jackson came on the scene I was exceedingly uncomfortable with it."
Simon Tolkien's first novel, Final Witness
, was published in 2002. Tolkien says he thinks his grandfather would be pleased with his work.