Reading, writing, cooking, playing video games (well, LOTRO, anyway), and spending time with my kids.
First Lord of the Rings reading experience:
Like many others, my first real encounter with LOTR was when the first movie came out in 2001. I recalled watching the old Hobbit and LOTR cartoons when I was a kid, but until I saw the Jackson movie, I had never thought about reading the books. I, of course, did read them after that -- and "The Hobbit" has since become my favorite book of all time.
Favorite Tolkien character:
I have so many favorites, though Gandalf and Bilbo are tied for first place.