You might just want to hold off on reading the books, at least until after you've seen the first movie. That way you won't go in with any pre-conceived notions or unrealistic expectations. I would watch the movie first, then read the book afterwards. However, "Fellowship" is an excellent read, and should soak up your evenings for the better part of a week.
Originally posted by The 'Xir
[BI also, am very excited about the LOTR trilogy, I bought the book trilogy long ago but 'till this day still have never read it! I've been trying lately, to prepare myself for the movie, but I never seem to have that much time [/B]