I was fascinated by it. I didn't know anything about the book or characters, I didn't even know what a Hobbit was! I remember I had to study for an exam but I just sat and read, read, read... I was caught in the first pages "Concerning Hobbits".
Favorite Tolkien character:
Samwise Gamgee. From the very first time I read LOTR he was my favourite character. I think he is truly brave, untill the last moment.