I was 10 and someone gave it to my older brother, he thought it was a stupid book and left them in my hands.
My family used to travel alot, always changing cities, houses, sometimes countries, sometimes languages even, so I no friends with me, this books were my friends, the only thing that was always there for me.
The story gave me a sense of resposability, most people didn't knew what was like to be brave and honorable and I had to be like the characters,
Favorite Tolkien character:
I'm thorn between Eowyn and Eomer, strong characters that do what they have to do for the greater good.