I've been a fan of the Hobbit my whole life though I never really got into LOTR. Tolkien wrote the Hobbit prior to LOTR at a time when LOTR wasn't a thought in his head. This mostly affects Riddles in the Dark where Gollum never used to be a hobbit and the ring wasn't special beyond invisibility. The Hobbit is like a folky personal adventure but LOTR is a war to save the world and I have a preference for the former, where it's not a constant brawl. Anyway, I'll see the movie when the theaters are less packed (nothing is worth being around that many people), I'll enjoy it but still be bitter that the book, after LOTR changes, is further changed so people unfamiliar with it see it as a story made after LOTR - just to tell more about LOTR, including characters who shouldn't be there just for the sake of fan service. He changed the Hobbit to fit with LOTR after the first couple editions so I can't say I read the original story, I'm kind of being grumpy for nothing. I just like the idea of Gollum being a cave monster of riddles rather than a zombie hobbit, as well as other factors like the trolls. Even though the Rankin Bass animated movie leaves out many parts, I'm a huge fan of it and the music, I own the album and art books, blah blah.