I began the LOTR many years ago when I was young but did not finish, then went back to it a few years later in my twenties and loved it and was really upset to run out of book at the end! I read it a couple of times while waiting for the movie and have read it about every year or so since. I was glad to find the other books of Tolkiens work to keep me busy too, I especially loved The Unfinished Tales.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Oh there are so many! How do you choose? But Frodo breaks my heart and Aragorn in Strider guise was my hero!