I have never read any of the LOTR books up until now. With the movie coming out this year (and I have to see it because my favorite actor is in it), I want to read the books before I go see it. I tried several times recently to get into “The Hobbit” but I just couldn’t. I don’t know why. I’m sure it’s a great book, but I just wasn’t into it.
So I’m skipping to the first in the LOTR trilogy. Will I be totally lost because I skipped “The Hobbit”? Is there anything I should know about hobbits, Middle Earth, Gandalf, etc. before I dive into the trilogy?