When I was 11 yrs. old. My uncle gave me the FOTR movie, and I fell in love with it. Then I found that the movie was based on a book, so I bought a copy and read is 3 consecutive times. I have read it at least 5 more times since then.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Samwise Gamgee is my favorite. I love hime because of his loyalty and friendship. I try to be as good of a friend to my own friends as Sam was to Frodo.