Is there anyone else in my same situation? I've only started reading the past 10years. I had never read The Hobbit previously. I have read many of the newer books MBOTF, FirstLaw, Mistborn, ASOIAF..etc I just finished The Hobbit. I'll probably get a lot of flack possibly for saying this. But I found it profoundly pitiful. I could barely get through it. Luckily it's only one book and pretty short.(unsure how they are making that 3 movies) I almost stopped reading simply because I think I will like the movie, and didn't want to know all the major plot points. But I just finished it, and if there was a second book you'd have to pay me to read it. I tried reading LOTR when I first started reading and couldn't get through it. I always attributed it to being not one of the first books you should attempt, but now I think it's just simply not my style. The Hobbit felt like some cartoon fairytale. All the animals talk, everything can be magical. I wouldn't have been surprised if there was a talking Tea Pot.
We've had lots of threads around here about who's the best author and what is the best book. And LOTR/Tolkien are usually at worst in the top3. Normally 1 or 2(this is a pretty PRO-GRRM forum so he seems to take #1 more often than not). But is that all nostalgia? Do you really honestly believe he is the better author, and that's a better book? Or is that simply a "respect" vote for him basically defining a genre. It's like people saying Henry Ford is the best car engineer and the Model T is the best car ever made. Sure it redefined everything else. But is he better than the guy who invented the Hybrid? Or is a Model T better than a Corvette or *insert your favorite car here*?
Or is this just another case of "to each his own", and there are plenty of people who thoroughly enjoy The Hobbit and LOTR(with out having their judgment clouded by nostalgia).