Then, when the movies were about to come out, I thought I really ought to read the books again. Just to remind myself of the plot. I read them with my neighborhood book club.
Well. I think the rest of the book club kind of felt like me at age twelve. (They weren't very fantasy oriented.) But for me it was a whole different experience. Needless to say, I loved it. So. Very. Much. I loved the characters. I loved Middle Earth. I loved the poetry. I loved the story. And Sam was still (and always will be) my favorite character.
I had read a lot of other fantasy books in the intervening years, but none of them affected me quite like The Lord of the Rings.
Oh, and I adored the movies too. This is the poster of Aragorn that hangs in my bedroom.
What books, fantasy or otherwise, have deeply affected you?