After seeing the movie trilogy. I've read The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and part of Children of Hurin since.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Aragorn. He's the stereotypical Jack-of-all-Trades. Poet, Ruler, fighter, lover, fiercely loyal and protective of his friends. One of my favorite images from FotR is Aragorn with his hand firmly planted on his sword hilt, ready to strike down Boromir if he threatened Frodo in any way. Then later, he comforts Boromir, and shows him respect and friendship as he's dying, even after admitting to his attack on Frodo to take the One Ring.