Originally Posted by max
Pretty simple. It's such a powerfully well-written book that for me, a movie will just throw lesser images in my mind. That's the power of reading, really, that you can imagine characters and settings that are highly particularized, and perhaps even grander, than a mere movie can do.
The movie would wreck it for me.
Good thing I'm illiterated and I like popcorn!
Seriously though, I've never read any of Tolkien's books? I probably should though.