Hello all, This is my first post on these forums, born out of curiosity. Since I am writing for quite some time now and would really appreciate to have some kind of "platform" where I can discuss my thoughts and questions with like-minded people, I decided to sign up. Pleased to meet you all The reason I am posting this thread is the following question. In the work I am currently writing on, I want to make a tribute to one of my favorite fantasy writers, J.R.R. Tolkien. It is only a very slight detail, mentioned "in between the lines" in just in a couple of sentences, yet to fans of Tolkien's work it will be very recognisable. It goes something like this; There are two main characters in my book, and at one point they meet one another. One of the characters has a dog, which is called "Huan" (Huan is, as some of you may know, a legendary dog in Tolkien's "The Silmarillion"). After inquiring into the somewhat unordinary name of the animal, the other character says that; " The name is a tribute to a great author, a man of legendary imagination, and to a masterpiece of writing that I have come to grow fond of in recent times." That's pretty much all that is encompasses. Is this tribute in any way "copyright infringement"? I will never use the name of Tolkien, nor that of his books, only of one of the minor characters in one of his works. Besides that, it is used as a praise, and in no way copies or attempts to imitate his works. Forgive me if there are already threads out here that adress this point, or if this is posted in the wrong section, but seeing that I wanted to join anyway I thought this was a good way to start of. Again, I am glad to have taken the step to sign up here. Looking forward to hear from you!