I attempted to read Tolkien aged 13, but soon gave up. However, prior to the release of Fellowship, I got caught up by the excitement and read The Lord Of The Rings in a month. The nine year gap has worked its magic and I was completely enthralled.
The detail of Tolkien's work was the key for me. The history he created for Middle Earth, the time taken to create languages amazed me and I was hooked.
Like many fans I was worried about how Peter Jackson would portray this magical realm. When reading Tolkien, such strong images are created in the mind by the author, but interpretations can differ wildly.
I saw the film on the first possible day and the excitement in the audience was palpable. With my heart racing the film began, and from that moment I was entranced. The sets, the costumes, script, actors and music combined to transport me to Middle Earth. As soon as the film ended I wanted to see it again.
For me the film and the books are intertwined. LOTR is a magical adventure and a wonderful escape from my hectic life. It will always be a joy to me.