The first thing that comes to mind is… The hobbits are not that stupid! Okay so I read the trilogy back in the fourth grade, but it had greatly faded from memory by the time the movies came out. So as I read I understood some of the shortenings that the movie used, but the fact that the hobbits are so stupid in the movie but not so in the book… anyway. I was wary starting off because of other people’s opinions, but I have to admit that I love Tolkien’s details. He immerses you in a way few other writers do. I do find it frustrating that the appendixes and such are all at the end of the third book because when I’m carrying the first one around campus I can’t look things up. Story wise though of course it is wonderful. It is a classic.
Edit: Almost every other book has the cover that I own but honestly I own the movie covers of these which I hate so here is something pretty for you.