I think she only did it for the money. Tolkien wrote from his heart, he had no publisher breathing down his neck or fans to please.
First I want to say that I love Tolkiens world a lot more than I love Rowlings world, but I just have to say this, someone had to defend the poor girl!
Rowling wrote it from her heart too! She had written the last chapter of the last book long before she got anything published. She had the idea of seven books and seven school years when she lived in a cold flat with her baby daughter. She used to sit in the diner, the only warm place where she could sit and write, barely able to buy one cup of coffie so they would let her sit there. She went without food for days so she could feed her daughter and put a roof over her head. She couldn't afford to pay someone to look after her, so she wrote while her daughter sleapt and till she fell asleep herself in the evening.
She has lots of boxes with notes and drawings and stuff she has come up with about her caracters, places and things that might happen, which we will never see. Unless someone does a Christopher Tolkien and publish it. She herself has said that there will be seven books about HP and that's that.
Tolkien used several years on the trillogy, don't you think his fans where eager to find out what happens next? Don't you think if they had the possebility of complaining in chat rooms, post in forums and e-mail him and the publisher a hundred times a day, that they would have done just that? Do you think HIS publishers wasn't breating down HIS neck to get him to finish?! Don't you think Tolkien liked getting money?!
Rowling loves her caracters, she's been carrying then around for years. She even cried when she worte the chapter where umm.. the-person-who-dies-in-book-5 dies, 'cause she felt like she had killed a friend.
I makes me mad as when I see how you all treat Tolkien as a flawless saint and trash Rowling because some things look like something Tolkien wrote. I know this is a site for Tolkien-worshiping but open your eyes folks! Tolkien stole from everywhere and everything! We don't known all the myths and legends he knew, so we can't say "well that is taken from the legends of this-and-that for sure" when we read his works, but if Rowling adds a nice, longbearded wizard we all go "Oh she stole that from Tolkien, how dare she!!". Gandalfs name "wand-elf" is from "Volusspå", a norse poem, his appearences is from the finish "Kalevala" which he liked so much, where there is a wise sjaman with magical powers known for his long, wavy beard.
He is no saint, and I'm quite sure he'd get mad if he heard anyone thinking he was.
Oh yes, and does these names from one of Tolkiens favorite languages sound familiar?
Tolkien is one of a kind, but so is Rowling!