I was in a second hand store the other day and there sitting on the shelf was the complete unabridged LotR for 99p. I had to look again to make sure I wasn't dreaming. As you can imagine, I grabbed the precious with my sweaty strangling hands and would not lets it go until it was payed for and I gots it away. I have already read the first 2 books in just 3 days (The Fellowship of the Ring) and look forward to reading the other 4.
I'm not going to moan about the films leaving out all the stuff with Tom Bombadil, even if it would not have cost much more money to do, But now seriously wished they had made 6 movies instead of 3.
I have never read LotR before and always thought they would be very difficult to read. I am not the smartest of men and thought it would be above me. That probably has more to do with my dealings with Wargamers through the years, than LotR itself though. I was so pleased to find that my fears were completely unfounded and the books are wonderfully written and flow with such ease that even a simple soul, such as myself can understand and follow the story very easily. If you get my meaning?
So in short, I think it has to be the best book I have ever read, by miles. I just can't believe I waited so long to read these amazing books. I suspect once I finish reading it, I will start reading it all over again.