Let me tell you something about myself that you may not know, Joe Rogan (love whoever gets that reference); I LOVE The Lord of the Rings. I love The Hobbit. I love Tolkien. I love the books, films and most everything having to do with them. For some people, it’s Star Wars and for others it’s Doctor Who, but when it comes to my nerd side, it’s all about Middle Earth for me.
I first fell in love with LOTR when I was 12 or 13 (can’t remember). My cousins had given one big copy of all of the books to my brother as a gift. I just remember sneaking it into my room and diving in. It wasn’t until I was about 17 that I read its prequel, The Hobbit, and subsequently loved it….although I did grow up watching that cheesy cartoon version of it.
Proof of Nerdery: Me & pretend Erebor-