Sometime during high school (early ’70s) I picked up a nice paperback boxed set of the Hobbit/Rings-Trilogy. My attempt to read them failed after just a few pages and I eventually traded them at a used bookstore. Rented the first movie and thought it was OK but the violence became so repetitive my wife wandered off halfway thru and I haven’t bothered to see the others. I did think the cinematography/lighting made it difficult to see because many scenes were underlit.
However, rummaging thru books stored in the attic during lunch today and I came across these>
The Tolkien Reader (1966 – stories, poems, and an essay by J.R.R. himself)
Understanding Tolkien (1969 – William Ready)
Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings (1969 – Lin Carter)
A Guide to Middle Earth: A complete and definitive concordance for the LOTR (1971 Robert Foster)
Bored Of The Rings (1969 – a parody by the Harvard Lampoon)