Writing fanfic (these days Harry Potter, I have to confess), my niblings, Middle-earth generally, cooking, yoga.
First Lord of the Rings reading experience:
1982, near as I remember. We were doing our usual summer cross-country drive and I convinced my parents to buy me <i>The Hobbit</i>, <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, and <i>The Silmarillion</i>, in the Ballantine paperbacks. The first of three sets I've bought over the years.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Either Sam or Faramir, who both have good common sense in their own ways.