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First Lord of the Rings reading experience:
Tried reading it as a kid and hated it. I don't really like reading fantasy (oddly, I love watching fantasy), so it wasn't really a surprise I didn't like it and didn't finish it. After watching Fellowship of the Ring, I was inspired to try again (twenty five plus years later) and found I did like it (still not big on the songs/poems - poetry is not my thing). I read The Hobbit after I finished Lord of the Rings and had a lot of fun with it.
Favorite Tolkien character:
In Lord of the Rings, Fangorn/Treebeard. In The Hobbit, Beorn. Not really sure why, I just really enjoyed the characters. I also really liked the Eagles (in both books).