Well, first I tried watching the movies and I couldn't sit still long enough for the three hours to really get into it. I get really restless watching movies you see, I like reading more than watching TV. So I picked up the novels to read, but I dunno- the style in which it was written didn't captivate me. So what I know about LotR is second hand knowledge.
Gotcha. I know that the writing style sometimes turn off people. I'll admit that I'm a sucker for it though. I like valor, heroism, honor, fealty, swords, knights, pastures, maidens, horses, armor...you get my gist. lol
By the way, I saw that you like NCIS? My friend got me into it last year so now I watch it a lot on USA Network. It's a good show.
Actually I've never seen an episode, I just barely found out what it was because someone back at the NH fanclub quoted me and made a reference to the character Gibbs; and I had no idea what he was talking about.