What inspired me to read the LOTR series was of course the movies... I know I know how modern of me.. but ever since I saw the movies I was in awe of this complex tale.. so logically I took it upon myself to read the original works.. I loved them of course.. and my passion for LOTR even this 10+ years since the movies is still as active as ever.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Sam. He is the ultimate friend. His loyality and bravery really hit me hard. His strength is not that of muscles or his power to use a sword it comes from within :)