Biochemist & regulatory medical writer (FDA and EMEA stuff)
First Lord of the Rings reading experience:
I read The Hobbit in 1966, followed by the Lord of the Rings in 1968. I read The Silmarillion in 1977, then Unfinished Tales and The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. I have re-read all multiple times, and more recently I have been ensorcelled by all the oddities in The History of Middle-earth.
Favorite Tolkien character:
It's impossible for me to pick any one character that is a favorite, but I'd say that AulŽ's best students gone bad (you know, the mad scientist types) -- FŽanor and Mairon a.k.a. Sauron -- are by far the most compelling for me these days.