I was in high school when I read "The Hobbit" for the first time. Since then, I've read the first in the series and its sequel, "The Lord of the Rings" so many times that I've lost count. Of course, I've also seen the movies. All of them. More than once.
I loved the pretend-world of Tolkien's novels. The novels, still considered classics of children's literature, were imaginative beyond anything I'd ever read. Entering Tolkien's Middle Earth was like leaving the planet for a while. Instead of homework and chores to do, you were swept along on epic quests, traversing strange lands and encountering all manner of beings from trolls to elves to the dreaded Gollum.
"The Hobbit" was first published on September 21, 1937 and was immediately nominated for a Carnegie Medal. 77 years later, the stories haven't lost their appeal. The movies and video games are wildly popular among kids and adults, but thousands still travel to Middle Earth the "old school" way -- reading the books. I think there's good reason for that -- no amount of special effects and computer generated imagery can compare to the world your own imagination draws when you turn the first page of one of Tolkien's masterpieces.