I'll admit, I didn't read Lord of the Rings until the films came out (but then again, I was only 13 when they premiered). I read the books for the first time after Fellowship of the Ring was released.
I had tried to read The Hobbit in 6th grade, but alas, I was too caught up in military intrigue novels to care much for a hobbit and 13 dwarves. Oh the ignorance of youth!
All in all, I fear I'm a late bloomer!