Update: I forgot to include something so I added it to the bottom.
I saw today was J. R. R. Tolkien’s birthday when I went on Bing – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien. Happy Birthday J. R. R. Tolkien. You can visit his memorial on Find-A-Grave at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1456/j_r_r_-tolkien or BillionGraves: https://billiongraves.com/grave/John-Ronald-Reuel-Tolkien/1639669. BillionGraves has the GPS location of his grave if you are in the area at some point and want to pay your respects. It’s also available on Google Maps – https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wolvercote+Cemeteryemail@example.com,-1.2741541,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x4876c46fb90f190d:0xf5d80092b38e669!2sWolvercote+Cemetery!8m2!3d51.79153!4d-1.2719601!3m4!1s0x4876c46fb90f190d:0xf5d80092b38e669!8m2!3d51.79153!4d-1.2719601 and some other online mapping sites.
During World War I, Tolkien enlisted and you can see some of the details https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien#First_World_War.
I don’t remember the first time I read The Hobbit, but I enjoyed it. Most likely in 5th or 6th Grade, maybe as early as 4th Grade. I also liked Lord of the Rings when I later read it. The Silmarillion was okay, but hard to get into. Unfinished Tales was another great read. I never could get into Book of Lost Tales I. I haven’t read any of the later works although I would love to read most of the other works, except Book of Lost Tales II, in the History of Middle-earth series as they contain alternate things Tolkien considered as he was writing about Middle-Earth. You can also see how things changed over time.
I also enjoyed Karen Wynn Fonstad’s Atlas of Middle-Earth – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Atlas_of_Middle-earth and owned several versions of the books over the years. I still have one on my bookshelf. I also liked Languages of Middle-Earth and had to get a new one about 10 years ago after losing my copy in a move.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Languages_of_Tolkien%27s_Middle-earth. I also enjoyed The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Complete_Guide_to_Middle-earth. I think I still have a copy as I lost a lot of books during too many moves.
I liked the first edition of Chivalry and Sorcery by Fantasy Games Unlimited – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chivalry_%26_Sorcery as it used the various creations from Middle-Earth before they had to remove them due to copyright issues. I found a couple of used first editions on EBay cheaply about a decade ago.
I later migrated to Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE)’s RoleMaster and Middle-Earth Roleplaying (MERP) series as they had the license to sell Lord of the Rings stuff for a long time before they lost the rights. I have much of the Cubicle 7 Adventures in Middle-Earth and The One Ring PDFs that I found through Bundle of Holding or purchased on sale at DriveThru RPG (DTRPG).
I have owned several Lord of the Rings board games, including SPI‘s version, War of the Ring: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2228/war-ring which I found on EBay for a good price a while back.
I am not a fan of Peter Jackson’s version of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. You don’t take a classic and change things to fit your version of how they should have been written. I know this puts me in a minority as many people love Jackson’s versions. I own extended release versions of Lord of the Rings and it’s disturbing some of the things Jackson considered doing that would have made his interpretation even worse than what he did do. I have seen his version of The Hobbit movies although I don’t have any of the movies myself.
I thought the two earlier movies that weren’t done by Jackson were much better in most ways: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit_(1977_film) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings_(1978_film) – the biggest problem with the second movie was it stopped about halfway through the trilogy.
List of things named after Tolkien and his works: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_things_named_after_J._R._R._Tolkien_and_his_works.