A few last questions
You said you might answer a few last final questions. Here we go.
1. Sorry, but this very small thing has nagged me for years...
In Appendix N (inspirational reading) of the 1e DMG, you write:
"The most immediate influences upon AD&D were probably de Camp &
Pratt, REH [Howard], Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, HPL [Lovecraft], and A. Merritt."
In listing the primary authors that influenced the AD&D game, you left out J.R.R. Tolkien (you put him in a much larger list of sources of fantasy but did not include him among the 'most immediate influences'). As many people (erroneously) consider D&D to be a rather close copy of Tolkien's world, leaving out Tolkien seems conspicuous.
Is there any particular reason you didn't single out Tolkien as one of the major influences on AD&D?
2. Was there any particular inspiration for the lich?
3. I'm sure the answer to this is available elsewhere, but could you say how you came up with the name Dungeons and Dragons? (if it was covered earlier in the thread, sorry).
4. You recently published a d20 supplement that included a mini dictionary of Thief's Cant, based on the historical language of, well, thieves. Do you often make use of historical languages in designing adventures or material (Latin, Greek, old English, Near Eastern Lanugages, etc). Did you ever study any 'dead' languages?
It's been said already by me and others, but thanks again for answering so many questions.