The Golden Perch (in the snug, with a flagon of Eastfarthing's finest)
Listening to and writing-playing music in my band (including several versions of Tolkien's songs! Deeply sad, I know), watching TV and films, good conversation, excellent food beer and wine with old friends, history, long walks in green fields hills and forests, and maps.
First Lord of the Rings reading experience:
Reading hobbit as a 9 year old, then graduating to Lord of the Rings as a callow teenage dweeb, amongst sundry other fantasy epics. Obviously, Tolkien was the first and foremost amongst these; and has never been equalled. The flame was rekindled by the films.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Bilbo Baggins is an obvious choice; he is a well drawn character with foibles and faults but comes good in the end. What a role model!