I was fortunate to read The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien my senior year of high school, before the movies came out. The Fellowship of the Ring is probably my favorite of the series. In any case, it's the only one (besides The Hobbit) that I've read more than once. If I could be friends with any literary character, I could hope for no one better than the most stout-hearted of hobbits, Samwise Gamgee.
I'm an aspiring author / illustrator.