After the book release of Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien got a letter in March of 1956 from a man named Sam Gamgee. Mr Gamgee had never read LOTR, and admitted to not typically liking Fantasy, but said some of his friends had read it and told him about the character with the same name. Mr Gamgee was curious as to where Tolkien had gotten such a unique name for his character. Tolkien replied, answering the question about the origin of Samwise Gamgee’s name, and inquiring about the origins of this Mr Gamgee’s name, too.
Eventually, Tolkien sent Mr Gamgee a signed copy of all three volumes and Mr Gamgee replied that he’d received the books, saying “I can assure you that I have every intention if reading them.”