When I came out, he was getting a little misty, and he hadn't even gotten to the book proper - he had been reading the Peter Beagle introduction and gotten to the end
"we are raised to honor all of the wrong explorers and discoverers - thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams."
Peter Beagle and Thomas Burnett Swan were they other loves of my literary life at the time I was reading Tolkien for the first time. So I was very moved by this article that bellatrys linked to today.