I first read this book as a teenager, an amazing story, that gets better every time I read it. This time I read it with the Silmarillion Blues group and I learned so much.
I don't know what more I can say except, if you haven't read this book, you need to read it. If you have only seen the movies, then you are missing an amazing experience. The book is just so much more.
Anyway, check out the group and read the book. We are reading The Lord of the Rings next, one chapter a week. Feel free to join us or follow the discussion.