As in many fantasies and myths, genealogy is destiny. In Conan's case it's more anthropological, in Tolkein's case more royal; but the origin of this kind of thinking is in European and middle-eastern stories and religions that involve a lot of divine-descent for special characters ('foretold by prophecy' is almost the exact same trope, etymologically).
I think Howard would have recognized what Tolkein was doing and where he was coming from; what he would have thought of JRRT's writing style and books I have no idea. Certainly both men loved poetry, epic and modern. Howard tends to have rather compact tales with driving highlight incidents, and Tolkein's stories are basically an excuse to use setting material (being a Game Master is pretty much like trying to do both at once).
Tales of the Dying Earth is probably the best satire on S&S ever written, and it's also good in its own right.
He would have liked like Jack Vance and his Dying Earth novels
After Elric, Kull and Conan, Cugel the Clever is the tops.
Edited by RJMooreII, 22 April 2012 - 10:01 AM.