Tolkien (obviously), mythology and legends, languages, history, music, and poetry.
First Lord of the Rings reading experience:
My first experience with 'The Lord of the Rings' was Peter Jackson's films, as they released when I was in the early years of my childhood. I remember seeing 'The Two Towers' shortly after it released on video, and I vividly recall being absolutely mesmerized. When 'The Return of the King' released in cinemas, I was very excited, and remember incessantly pestering my parents to take me to see it. Eventually, my persistence had prevailed, and we went to see it. It was an experience I will never forget. For a few years afterwards, I watched these films over and over, until they were burned into my memory. It was a few years after, when I was around ten years old or so, that I had picked up 'The Lord of the Rings' in my school's library. I began reading, and that is when I knew that I was reading the greatest book ever written. I was instantly ensnared by the beauty of the work, and ever since, I have lived my life in Middle-earth, always reading it or something about it. Now, at the age of twenty-two years old, I can say that my passion for Tolkien has never dimmed, and that it shines brighter now than ever before.