I kinda got interested because of my brother. I guess it was the summer of seventh grade and my brother had to read the Hobbit for school. I was a good writer so my brother came to me asking if I could help him on his report. He did not buy the book but bought the audio cassettes for a trip we took that summer. I did not feel like listening to the book so I went and bought the book and read it all during the trip. I really enjoyed the book and I found it very entertaining. I did not know about The Lord of the Rings until a year later and I was lucky to receive a boxed set of all three for Christmas That was a good present. I immediatly began to read them and have read them... countless number of times. I have yet to read Silmarillon mostly because I have not seen the book. But I came across it the other day... unfortunately I forgot my wallet but I will purchase it one of these days.