My mother read The Hobbit to me when I was a kid. When I learned the movies were coming out I started to read the Trilogy. Loved it.
The best days are the rainy/snowed out days,wake up at 6am and watch all three of the "Extended" Trilogy in one day. It's a lovely thing to do.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Boromir. I love Sean Bean. He will always be my favorite.. I cry just about every time he dies.