When I first read the Lord of the Rings trilogy (after the first movie was released), I was so excited to explore the world that Tolkien created.. I very much enjoyed reading all the way through the books; I had long wanted to be a writer myself and Tolkien's world inspired me.. he would've been incredible to meet..
Favorite Tolkien character:
This is a tough question! My answer may not technically count since (to my knowledge) they're not in any book or story by Tolkien; but I rather like Theodwyn.. I kind of see myself in her, or COULD see myself in her, and being able to relate to a character is important..